David Hawthorne studied fine art at Berkshire College of Art and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, graduating in 1973, and taught for several years as the Head of Art. Following a career in education which culminated in becoming a director of education and head of children’s services in a local authority, he returned to full-time painting in 2009.
He was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 2014. His work is inspired by the features found in urban and natural environments. The paintings have an abstract quality but usually retain representational elements. David is also Vice-President of the United Society of Artists (UA) and exhibits regularly with the Royal West of England Academy, the Mall Galleries in London and the Hawker Gallery in Amersham, as well as the RBSA. An abstract impressionist of outdoor scenes, both urban and rural, David uses colour and tone to evoke the atmosphere associated with a place and time of day. David exhibits regularly with the Royal West of England Academy and the Mall Galleries in London as well as the RBSA.