20 years later David is still on the crew. As a graphic designer he met lots of local people who became clients. One fateful day, David was asked to do some work for local and renowned portrait painter Jack Stephenson. Upon seeing Jack’s wonderful paintings, David was transfixed and the flame of his art college days was rekindled. He simply had to have lessons. Jack was happy to help, and has become a great friend and mentor over the years.
“Having been to art college and drawing most days, all was not new. I’d had a go but never got to grips with oil paint. It looked so exciting and I was eager to learn the techniques and tradition of the discipline.”
Drawn to figurative portrait artists of the Edwardian period, David was most impressed by the concept of the war artist. Those painters on the front line working in amongst the troops, painters such as Sir William Orpen, John Singer Sargent and Dame Laura Knight. Their work helped to inspire him to create an exhibition of portraits of the Aldeburgh lifeboat crew.