David Rylance was born in Wigan, Lancashire in 1961. He studied painting and illustration at Wigan School of Art and attained a National Diploma in both subjects. He initially worked as an illustrator for various companies as well as working as an interior designer. In the late 1970's he moved to Spain to paint full time, he moved back to the UK in the 1980's to live in Cornwall. He has exhibited regularly and his work can be found in many private collections in the UK, Spain and America.