About the Artist
David is a native of Texas. He received a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Texas before moving to Seattle in 1970 to pursue a graduate degree in air pollution engineering at the University of Washington. He is a Professional Engineer whose career was primarily in the environmental protection aspects of the pulp and paper and energy industries. He lives in Issaquah with his wife Anne and makes collaborative art there with daughter Lara.
David has had a lifelong interest in woodworking. He began wood turning some 40 years ago, with the purchase of a used lathe and tools. He is largely self-taught, with inspiration from a number of other turners, gallery displays of fine woodworking, and the large number of excellent magazines and special volumes devoted to woodworking. During a sixteen year absence from western Washington, David was able to obtain and turn black walnut in eastern Washington and redwood and madrone burl wood in California. Since returning to Issaquah, David has produced a series of bowls from the poplars that lined Gilman Blvd. and another series of bowls from the Issaquah Heritage Sawara cypress tree on Front Street. Recently he has turned work from other species, such as black locust, Gerry oak, cascara, big leaf maple, cherry, plum, birch, holly, yew, olive and monkey puzzle.
During his years in California he began showing and selling his work at arts and craft shows. He continues to do so and also sells work in galleries from northern Washington to northern California. He belongs to the American Association of Woodturners and is on the Board of Directors of its Seattle Chapter. David teaches beginning and intermediate woodturning at Pratt Fine Arts Center and demonstrates various techniques for other turning guilds. He has authored articles in several national craft magazines. David is a member of the ArtEast Board of Directors and a gallery artist there. He frequently helps prepare ArtEast displays for the gallery and for exhibitions.
David says he believes form remains the key to a visually pleasing piece of art. The color and grain of wood, and its surface texture, make art from wood uniquely natural.