1965 David received his first camera after selling enough peanut brittle candy for his Little League baseball team the Tigers.  That camera was a Kodak Hawkeye, which he still owns.

1978  Attends Newport School of Photography in Newport Beach, Calif., becomes assistant to the owner Al Belson.

1979 - 1981  Attends several workshops with Richard Garrod, John Sexton, Henry Gilpin, Rod Dresser, and Clinton Smith. 

1979 - 2001 Owns and operates commercial photography business.

1983  First place in photography at the Las Damas Art Festival.

1985  Moves to Oakhurst, Ca. and begins photographing the southern Yosemite Sierra.

1987  Two man show with Richard Garrod at the Spectrum Gallery in Fresno.  His photographs appear in Fresno, California's Heartland book and in Sunset and National Geographic World, and the cover of Focus on the Family magazines.

2000  Opens the David Ashcraft Gallery in Oakhurst.

2001  Curates and shows in group shows at the Spectrum Gallery and Gallery Govreau in Fresno.

2002  Shows in the Ansel Adams group show at the Mumm winery in Napa, Ca. and the Fresno Art Museum's Decennial Invitational - Next Wave II: Artists of the New Era.

2004  Eight page Spotlight feature and interview in B&W Black & White Magazine for Collectors of Fine Photography.

2005  Shows in Fresno City Hall sponsored by the Fresno Arts Council.  Group show UC Center, Fresno Community ArtReach and a ongoing show at the UC of Merced.

2006  Appears in the UC Center A Dozen Points of View, Fine Art Photography Exhibit, begins teaching photography at Fresno City College.

2008  Group show at The Spectrum Art Gallery

2009  Solo shows at the Photoshop in San Luis Obispo, the first showing of platinum, palladium, and gold prints and color solo show at The Grind in Oakhurst, Ca.

2011  Two man show with Richard Garrod at Gallery 1233 in Long Beach, Ca.

2012  Guest curator at the Fresno Art Museum the Visual Metaphors, Photographs by Richard Garrod exhibit.

 

David's photographs can be found in many public and private collections around the world.