For someone who is inspired by the natural world, the job was akin to a being a child let loose in a sweet shop.
David Hall spent 15 years as in-house designer at the Hancock Museum of Natural History in Newcastle, working on exhibitions and displays.
Artist, designer and illustrator David says: “Being there was an amazing experience. There were vast stores behind the scenes and I sketched a lot.
“I love design and nature and I’m always drawing and doodling.
“I like drawing and interpreting things graphically, rather than photographically
“I am inspired mostly by the natural world and translating it into stylised forms. It is very illustrative.”
An exhibition of David’s work, titled The Nature of the Line, is on show at Bellingham Heritage Centre in Northumberland until May 9.
David, a fan of the arts and crafts movement, says: “I study the details in nature, its shapes and forms, and translate them into a decorative form.”
He grew up in Heaton in Newcastle and remembers trips as a child to the local park and countryside outings to Plessey Woods in Northumberland.
After leaving school, David worked in Newcastle design studios as an artist and later for the city’s Town Teacher organisation.
“Town Teacher dealt in the environmental and architectural. It catered for school groups and made youngsters aware of their environment,” he says.
David is now freelance and has carried out commissions for clients ranging from councils and English Heritage to the Duke of Northumberland and Northumberland National Park.
He is working on a series of graphic, stylised birds and a life cycle book of the puffin, with the swallow next in line.
His home in Seaton Sluice in Northumberland is ideally situated for his work.
“I have the sea in front of me and Holywell Dene behind,” he says.
“I do a lot of studies in the dene, mostly of plants and the way they change with the seasons and intertwine in the hedgerows, creating patterns.”
Bellingham Heritage Centre in Station Yard, Woodburn Road, is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays 11am to 4pm.
More of David’s work here: www.davidhallartist.co.uk