David has been practicing his art since early since in life although art never featured in his academic degrees, except drawing cartographic maps and rock slide illustrations in his geography and geology degree and his mechanical automotive engineering masters followed his passion for cars and car design. Despite this David did create and run a commercial art studio in the 1980’s and aside from his graphic design and fine art commissions for a diverse range of clients and companies began his automotive art career producing artwork for Ford Truck & Tractor workshop manuals and Gilbarco petrol pump manuals. Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s David supported private commissions, commercial business graphics, corporate literature and artworks for publishing houses for newspapers, magazines and books in a comprehensive range of subjects. Within David’s commercial art remit he has practiced in all variety of media and styles to suit client needs, from painting (watercolour, gouache, acrylic and oil), illustration, airbrush, letra-set, tape, ink and photography. His portfolio includes everything from automotive, aerospace, outer-space, science fiction, fantasy, botanical, naturalistic, still life, landscapes, seascapes, sign writing on power boats, cars and shop fronts and wall murals!
Also during the 1980’s David was actively involved in the MG Owners Club, as local Chelmsford and Essex Area leader and actively designed and produced MG and other sports car products including silk screened badges and body-stripes and all weather cockpit covers and full car covers.
By 1986 David was also contracting at Ford Motor Company as well as continuing his art business and David was invited to become one the founding committee members of the Guild of Motoring Artists (GMA). David has been a full member since and more recently in 20111 was elected as the Chairman of the GMA.
After the 1980’s when David was at his most prolific in art he migrated from commercial art to automotive design and engineering within Ford Motor Company, where he has spent much of his automotive career and was lucky enough to gain his Mechanical Engineering Masters and progress on to become a Chartered Engineer (Institute of Mechanical Engineers). During David’s time at Ford, he has worked variously for the Quality Audit Office, Car and Truck Engineering within Powertrain Research, Body Closures, SVO, Exterior Trim and now Vehicle Integration. More recently David has also worked at Jaguar Landover and was involved in the new XF as well as the F-Type and other products with JLR Core and Special Vehicle Operations engineering.
In total David has spent some 35 years in the automotive design and product development industry, working around the world, from North America all over Europe, Russia and Turkey various OEM’s including BMW, Ford, Volvo, Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and Tier 1 suppliers including Conix, Decoma and Magna International. David now works for RLE International, a worldwide engineering consultancy as a Technical Manager where he now subcontracts to Ford to supporting new Transit development in Commercial Vehicles Engineering at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre.
Whilst at Ford Dunton in the past David has also taught water colour art courses via EDAP and now paints for pleasure including within the GMA and the Southend Art Club, where he still exhibits and sells his work. David remains passionate about his art and would be happy to discuss commissions or the GMA should you be interested in the guild membership. David is in the middle of his new art website development which will be on line shortly, so watch this space.