Adopted by his parents just after the Summer of Love in 1967, David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in New Jersey, and received his formal education in Boston. During these years he held many jobs including, but not limited to, golf caddy, shoe salesman, above-ground pool installer, retail merchandiser, sous chef, house painter and plumber’s helper.
After graduating from Boston University in 1989 with a BS degree in finance, David began a career as a photographer for the Boston Celtics. In addition to assisting the freelance team photographer, he contributed his work to yearbooks, media guides, game programs and fanzine publications.
In the early 1990’s, David moved to New York City seeking the elusive fame and fortune, only to find himself languishing in the barrooms on the Lower East Side, writing poems and stories of despair and unrequited love. He also spent time creating conceptual art on the walls of his apartment.
After one and a half years living in New York, David moved to the island of Nantucket. Here, he began working with a blacksmith and metalworker, making simple jewelry, forging knives and creating historical reproductions of hinges and hardware. Nantucket’s atmosphere of history increasingly intrigued and interested David. With about 800 homes and structures built between 1740 and 1840, he became involved with restoring and renovating some of these houses. But in between the painting, plastering, and carpentry, David still managed to take photographs, paint pictures, and stay on the periphery of the island’s arts community.
Since coming to the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts in 2003, David worked as a cheesesmaker from 2004 to 2008, making the award-winning Berkshire Blue, and has slowly renovated his 100-year-old home in Housatonic. The creation of his cement leaves, each a one-of-kind impression of a real leaf, is just one more step in an ongoing journey.