As a great admirer of David's work I decided to see if I could get him to teach at Moor Hall. My first two attempts were in vain, when out of the blue I had an email from David saying he had some time available and did I still want him to come. Well you will all know my answer to that.
Moor Hall has gone on to benefit from David's teachings, his generosity of spirit, his abundance of knowledge, his good humour and his ability to get up and see to his own breakfast!!!
The fact that David will be giving up much of his teaching away from home to focus on venues closer and more particularly on his own work, will be a huge loss to Moor Hall, to me and Martin and to all the students.
MESSAGE FROM DAVID
Dear lovely and enthusiastic students!
I've had the great good fortune - not to mention fun and jolly times - to have been a tutor at Bobby and Martin's wonderful art school for several years. Even with the tough times that Covid has thrown at us all, it doesn't surprise me that Bobby is energetically bouncing back by running a series of online courses - which characteristically are booking up as fast as she can publicise them.
What a beautiful house, garden and surrounding countryside at Moor Hall Farmhouse - a great place to gather for courses, and a real welcome for us all from Bobby and Martin when we are there. But courses are about students, and it's been just great to meet you all, to find out what everyone is particularly interested and involved in, and to - hopefully - provide some new experience, information and vigour that will inform the painting and drawing, or work with textiles, that you are all doing.
Well, now I come to the reason that I am writing this - because I have made the decision to reduce the number of courses that I do and very sadly I won't be tutoring any more courses at Moor Hall Farmhouse. This, of course, means that I won't be meeting any of you again at Bobby and Martin's. I will miss your liveliness and energy - not to mention the gossip and the fun. I've had some great times teaching you all, and I'm sure you have had some good times exploring new possibilities. So, for now, paint vigorously and enjoy making the images - and spare an occasional thought to remember the classes that we enjoyed together.
Very best wishes to you all,
David you will be sorely missed, but thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I am very sorry to read David's terribly sad news. I am too gobsmacked to say any more at this juncture. David was such a great draw.
I wish David so much joy and delight in painting and look forward to seeing his work. Would be wonderful to hear of any shows he is doing to be able to see the paintings in the flesh. I have a couple of books but it is absolutely not the same thing at all.
Thank you for the message, which is a sad one I really enjoyed David's course, a few years ago. Such a nice, funny man as well as an inspiring painter and teacher.