Common elements 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 or up/down axis and a grid ties the composition together. In topographic maps, color differentiates areas of elevation-in several thousand foot increments. To achieve a sufficiently broad palette, I found a map of the Himalaya to be the best option. Finally, I often use heavy lines to define areas in the overall composition. Inside these defined areas I let the lines go their own way and they become quite fanciful…doodles from a daydream.