About Hobbit Hole Studios.
Hobbit Hole Studios was built during Spring and early Summer of 2013 after David's gallery closed after years of business and he found himself without a suitable space to work or see customers. Built predominantly from scrap materials collected from skips and donated by friends and neighbours, David designed it to look like a version of a Hobbit Hole from Tolkein's Middle Earth with influences taken from medieval architecture, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and a bit of Indian and Moroccan. It provides an ideal environment for David to create the art he is so passionate about.
He has been painting and making things since he was very young and after giving up the idea of being a geologist at school, went to art college to study fine art and eventually became a qualified cabinet maker.
He has always had a strong passion for science fiction and fantasy art that is a passion that has never left him. With the aid of his creative art, he has travelled on a metaphysical journey studying everything around him with an insatiable thirst for knowledge about life, the universe, and everything. All these things have been the influence on his work, every topic from art, architecture, astronomy, cosmology, science, natural history, philosophy, spirituality, to history, including medievalism, Celtic, Viking and most of our prehistory and all its myths, legends, and folklore.
Apart from contemporary fantasy artists such as Patrick Woodroffe and far too many others to mention, David's artistic influences have been medieval artists such as Hieronymous Bosch, Jan Van Eyck, and Hans Memling. William Blake has also been a strong influence on his art as well as some of his spiritual beliefs. The Victorian Pre-Raphaelite artists and the artists of the golden age of illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries still inspire him especially Harry Clarke, Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielson to name a few. The whole era of the late 1800's and early 1900's is still a great source of inspiration.