David Cemmick has been an artist since his first sell-out solo exhibition in 1974, at the age of nineteen. Over the past four decades he has travelled extensively, gathering field experience and documenting scientific expeditions in some of the world’s remotest habitats.
He has painted the ethno-medicinal plants of Madagascar for Dr David Bellamy’s Conservation Foundation, illustrated two books focusing on the endangered Kakap Parrot and Black Robin and the ground breaking conservation work of the New Zealand Wildlife Service and studied coral and fish communities on Jamaica’s Morant Cays coral atoll, whilst painting under water.
These, and many other field expeditions, have helped fuel his deep respect and fascination for the animal world and given him the thirst to make ‘art’ from what he has seen in nature, from field sketches to finished paintings, sculptures in bronze and clay and figurative sculptures to café sketches.
Living just outside the Lake District National Park, in the foothills of the Cumbrian Pennines of England, David is constantly inspired by the changing dramatic landscape and the abundance of nature he sees everyday.