David McCracken began sculpting in his teens, mostly figurative work carved in wood. After a period in the performing arts he began making sculpture using a wide variety of materials. McCracken saw the potential of steel fabrication for producing art from readily available and inexpensive scrap when he could afford little else. He furthered his metal fabrication skills to include aluminium, stainless steel and corten steel, and began casting in bronze and stainless steel.
McCracken has exhibited at many outdoor exhibitions including three Sculpture on the Gulfs, winning the Peoples Choice award in 2005, and Shapeshifter exhibition. He has been short listed for the Wallace Awards three times, being an award finalist twice.