David Shoemark

At the Bottom of the Orchard
Let Me Forget About Today Until Tomorrow
Poppies
Tulip

Painter

The exhibition reflects influences from David’s rural past; the inspiration coming from memories of life at Moorlinch Cottage, Long Load, Somerset in the 1960’s. Brought up in a family where flowers and gardens were central to their everyday life, David immersed himself in his surroundings. Most of his work is concerned with memories of that time and is mainly focused on flowers. He regards them as symbols of life and our mortality

“Flowers are here for a moment in time, they encapsulate the transience of life. My work is an attempt to capture their beauty and essence of being”.

David was born in Somerset in 1950 and brought up in a small farming community near Yeovil, attending the village primary, after which he was educated at Huish Episcopi Secondary School and Yeovil Grammar School. David trained as an art teacher at Bristol University’s School of Education in Redland, specialising in ceramics, where he qualified in June 1971.

After a gap year David commenced employment as a teacher of art and ceramics at Burnham Upper School in September 1972. He fulfilled a variety of academic and pastoral roles until his retirement from teaching in December 2009.

Since retirement from mainstream education David teaches pottery part-time at Evreham Adult Learning Centre Iver. He also devotes more time to concentrate on his painting and music.