Dave began his career as a means to fund his college education. His initial focus was wildlife. After attending Humboldt State University in Northern California, he began his career in earnest. Success came early with requests from California Ducks Unlimited and The California Waterfowl Association to be their artist of the year.
Dave was also among the youngest artists to be asked to exhibit his work at the internationally recognized “Birds in Art” exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Early, his focused remained wildlife however, by the mid 1990’s, Dave turned to landscape painting. Most of his early work in landscape was done outdoors but over time, he shifted to more refined studio work with his outdoor work primarily in Pencil. This eventually led to his original concept of “Notebook” paintings. He was first inspired to pursue this artistic expression by an exhibit at the Denver Museum of art displaying the famous notes and sketches by the cowboy artist Charles M. Russell. With Dave’s active life in backpacking and extensive outdoor exploration, carrying small notebook sized prepared surfaces was the only practical way to express himself in art while on long back country trips.
Dave has enjoyed a quiet yet long and successful career by pursuing his individual artistic goals. Most of his work is sold in galleries catering to clients who appreciate Dave’s approach to art and his powerful desire to express his interests with authenticity and honesty. Dave is an expert fly caster and fly tyer and remains very active in backpacking and outdoors travel. He lives with his wife and two dogs on a beautiful lake in far Northern California.