David has been drawing and painting since early childhood. He trained at Northampton and Liverpool Schools of Art before spending almost 10 years studying and working in Japan.

In 1989 he was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1997, serving as its Honorary Secretary for four years. His portrait of Ken Dodd OBE was purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in 2005, and in 2010 he was commissioned to paint the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Martin Evans for the Gallery’s permanent collection. In 2019 the BBC asked him to paint Sir David Attenborough as a celebration of his life in broadcasting.

He has had solo shows of his work in London and Bath, and works from a studio in Devizes.


12 x 10 inches £8,000
20 x 16 inches £10,000
24 x 20 inches £12,000
30 x 25 inches £16,000
36 x 28 inches £20,000
50 x 40 inches £26,000
60 x 40 inches £30,000



Any size, from £1,500

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses are not included. I am not currently registered for VAT.

For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote


I am flexible about the way I work, but I generally need three or four sittings for an oil painting and prefer to travel to my sitters.


  • HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne
  • Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana
  • Sir Norman Williams
  • Professor Martin Daunton
  • Professor Quentin Skinner
  • Steven Berkoff
  • Richard Briers
  • Stephanie Cole
  • Ken Dodd OBE
  • Sir Martin Evans
  • Sir David Goldberg
  • Sir Christopher Hum
  • Dame Alicia Markova
  • Viscount Portman
  • The Lord Mayor of London
  • Sir Timothy Sainsbury
  • The Dean of Westminster
  • His Honour Judge Peter Beaumont QC
  • John McCall MacBain
  • Sir Douglas Myers
  • Baroness Hale


Solo Exhibitions:

  • Mall Galleries, 2019
  • Bath Artists’ Studios, 2013
  • Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 2007
  • Bath Artists’ Studios, 2007
  • Messum’s, London 2005
  • Beaux Arts, Bath 2002, 2004

Open Exhibitions:

  • The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize
  • The Discerning Eye
  • The Hunting Art Prizes
  • The BP Portrait Award
  • The John Player Portrait Award
  • The Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo


  • Smallwood Architects’ Prize 2017
  • Public Prize, Bath Society of Artists 2013
  • Llewellyn Alexander Award 2004
  • Public Prize, The Holburne Portrait Prize 2004
  • Prosigns and Graphics Prize 2002
  • Andrew Brownsword Prize 2001
  • Daler-Rowney Award, RWA 1999
  • Public Prize, RWA 1999
  • Tom Rice Gallery, Dublin, Award 1999
  • John Brandler Prize 1993
  • Short-listed, John Player Portrait Award 1989

Commission a portrait by David Cobley RP NEAC