I have spent a lifetime working with leather and still find endless fascination with the versatility of this natural and ancient material. I find working with leather allows me to easily translate my abstract ideas into three dimensional realities, using nature and rural and northern Ontario landscapes and old buildings as my inspiration.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
As a teenager David discovered leather and loved its appealing feel and smell and the way it responded to the touch. He soon found that he could transform it into countless useful things. He repaired harness and purses and shoes and made leather hinges and dog collars.
At age 17 he was taken under the wing of a well known local artist who used leather to make lifelike wildflowers and insects and he worked with her in a working apprenticeship for several years. He was encouraged to experiment and to push the boundaries of leather work and he soon began making his own leather designs that he sold in her shop.
After receiving his diploma in Art Fundamentals at Sheridan College, Oakville, he found that he was even more interested in pursuing a career as a leather artist and soon began attending local art fairs and exhibitions as well as selling his works to craft and art gallery shops across Canada.
David gave up the grind of constant craft shows in 1989 for the lure of a regular paycheque and the challenge of working as an industrial leather designer. He won several US patents for innovative industrial leather tool carriers and an intimate knowledge of industrial leather processes.
When he quit in 2015, he went right back into his studio, outside of Orono Ontario and started back to work, pushing the boundaries for handmade leather art, his lifelong passion.
David is inspired by the landscape of rural Ontario and the relics of barns and old machinery upon it.