David Jamieson was born October 9, 1963 in Washington, DC. Both his mother, Ethel McCargo and her husband, Homer Jamieson were patients at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Jamieson was raised in foster and group homes, including the home of James and Mary Simmons on Alabama Avenue, SE; the home of former councilmember Hilda H. M. Mason and Charles N. Mason, Jr. on Roxanna Road, NW; and group homes on Hiatt Place, NW and Q Street, NW. In Washington, DC, Jamieson attended Stanton Elementary School and Lincoln Junior High School.
A painter and printmaker, Jamieson first produced wood engravings while a student at The Barlow School in Amenia, New York. He went on to study under Frank Hewitt, Ed Owre, and Alvin Loving at the University of Vermont; working as a studio assistant for Alvin Loving. During his brief lifetime, Jamieson maintained studios in Burlington, Vermont; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Washington, DC. Jamieson chose his middle name, Bethuel, in Provincetown in 1985. Works by the artist are in several public and private collections, including The Corcoran Gallery of Art; The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Virginia; The Robert Hull Fleming Museum; and The Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
On July 30, 1992, David Bethuel Jamieson died of AIDS related complications in a loft in New York City after being cared for in his studio home in Washington, DC.