David was born in Twickenham, England. He studied illustration at Twickenham College and worked in various London advertising agencies and design studios for ten years before his move to Caithness, in the Highlands, with his wife Sally to set up Scarfskerry Pottery in 1977. In 1987 the pottery was moved to John O’ Groats and subsequently renamed John O’ Groats Pottery and Gallery.
The Highland landscape is his main source of inspiration. In Caithness, the landscape, light and weather are all pervasive and feature strongly in many of his paintings.