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Kia ora! I am David. I am an oil painter, artist and adventurer. I am currently  based in Tāmaki Makaurau .

David's Journey

David Penman has had a long interest in understanding creative processes and  he directed this towards science as an entomologist and a career in senior roles in academia and research institutes.  He began to realise the value of collaboration and encouraged links between science and the arts.  With retirement came training in painting  with a focus on oils. 

David was inspired by the efforts of his twin brother John, who despite being  limited through disability from cerebral palsy, has produced some amazing art over many years (See John's art). Sadly John passed away on 19 February, 2019.


2019 - Ongoing

This has been a period of loss and change.  Family bereavements, moving cities, and sorting new futures has driven new insights. The onset of COVID also restricted travel and with more solitary activities came a a time for more reflection on places and experiences. 


2015 - Ongoing

Travel provided the opportunities for inspiration across many dimensions of my art.  Different scenes, perspectives and experiences provided a way of looking at locations beyond mere passing observations across the US, Europe and Asia in particular

First World War


The centenary of WW1 and family connections and loss in Gallipoli and Western Europe provided the personal incentive to explore the battlefields around Ypres in Belgium and the Somme in France.  The images presented in my paintings reflect the personal experiences of battlefield tours.