A passion for wild places and the creatures that inhabit them have driven David's creativity and inspiration over the past thirty-five years. Through his anatomical training as a taxidermist and meeting eminent field artist and broadcaster Eric Ennion, David realised the importance of direct observation of animals in their natural habitats. Field trips to draw animals ‘en plein air’ in Kenya, Madagascar, Jamaica, India and New Zealand have informed his image making and, more recently, his approach to sculptural forms.
In 2006, after a chance meeting with mould maker Sebastian Wylder, Cemmick and Wylder Fine Art was formed to turn David's wax and clay sculptures into bronze limited editions. Embracing the challenge of making life size bronzes has produced a baby elephant, named Maisha by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, two rutting highland stags and the most recent work depicting twelve flying red grouse, to be launched in July this year.