He entered the Cape Technikon in 1987 studying Graphic Design. David majored in illustration and received the top student award on graduating.
In 1990 he married Dina, a fellow student. After his studies he freelanced as a designer/illustrator but did not enjoy the restrictions the job imposed on him.
During these years he had some success as an artist but not enough to ensure a living. Some large commissions, along with a sell-out first exhibition enabled him to paint full-time from 1999 onwards.