The Irène Laksine Gallery

David was born in Somerset and brought up in a small farming community, attending the village primary, after which he was educated in Langport and Yeovil. David trained as an art teacher at the Bristol University School of Education in Redland, specializing in ceramics, where he qualified in June 1971.

After a 40 year teaching career in Buckinghamshire, David now lives in Maidenhead, where he concentrates on his painting, whilst teaching pottery part-time at an Adult Learning Centre.

David's art is influenced by his rural upbringing in Somerset and the natural world and is based on landscape and flora and fauna. He paints mainly in oil on canvas, depicting images from the locality around Maidenhead and Cookham and from visits to Somerset.

David Shoemark

David says

“I have always been motivated by what I see in the natural world; be it the shape, line and colour in flowers, the diversity of wildfowl on the river or scenes from meadows and moorland. Living in the riverside area of Maidenhead gives me much opportunity to paint what I see whilst walking around Cookham and along the river. Some of my paintings are purely realistic, whilst others take on a more abstract appearance through the enlargement of parts of flowers.”