David was born in 1950, on Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. Wanting to becoming a positive influence on the people around him, he began to teach as his mother and sister did. It was not long before he found his passion for the arts however; he picked up painting and shortly thereafter carving.
He believes abstraction is the best way to express complex or ambiguous ideas and realities. Along with citing West Coast artist Bill Reid, he cites British sculptor Henry Moore as an enduring inspiration. He favours hard, durable stones "that push back."
He is the previous co-coordinator of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Collection and the past chairman of the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry among other organizations.