David Mead was born in London but moved to Whitstable in Kent in 1910, at the age of four. Here he had the good fortune to reside next door to the famous landscape painter Daniel Sherrin, from whom he received guidance and encouragement with his painting. His first watercolours were sold when he was only 12.
He continued to paint and study painting, but it was only after his service in the Air Ministry during WWII that he became a full time artist, painting landscapes in oils, predominately featuring trees and quiet pools. He excelled at painting trees.
He was made a Fellow on the Central Institute of Art & Design in 1946. He founded the Medway Art Society and served as its President for four years. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and one of his paintings is in Horsham Museum.A large proportion of his paintings are now in private collections.