Five elements are common in David’s work:
- The background hue combines the colors of the New Mexico soil and its scrub plants, bleached light by a relentless sun.
- Paint drips provide a north/south axis.
- Grids provide scale and proximity for objects and patterns and tie the composition together.
- David’s palette is loosely derived from a map of the Himalaya. In topographic maps, color differentiates areas of elevation, often in several thousand foot increments. To achieve an eight color palette with options for choice, he found the Himalaya to be the best option.
- David uses contour lines to delineate changes in elevation and to define areas in the overall image. Inside these defined areas he lets the lines go their own way. As a result, portions of the images become quite fanciful… doodles from a daydream.