David's paintings are built up of many layers of paint, almost like the archaeology of the Plain. He paints, then scrapes back through the layers and builds up more: constantly constructing, deconstructing, overlapping, obscuring and revealing until the right emotion and composition is captured. As they are based more on emotional memory, the compositions are not planned but evolve in the painting process. His clients often identify the paintings with the places not in a literal tree for tree way but in the overall spirit of place which the Romans called ‘Genius loci’. It is that spirit of place David seeks to capture.