Dave has loved art from a young age. Wildlife and nature were always his first loves. He began selling his paintings in 1976. He has been a faithful supporter of many conservation groups including: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Mule Deer Foundation, North American Deer Association & Ducks Unlimited.
He participates in several miniature shows across the country including: National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY, Settler’s West Museum in Tucson, AZ and the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Throughout his career, he has acquired numerous awards as well as five first place awards in the Wyoming Conservation Stamp/Print Design contest in recent years. His illustrations have been published in many books and magazines. In 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003 he has placed in the top 100 in the Arts for the Parks contest winning the Sam Houston Migratory Bird Award in 1998 and 2002, the Wildlife Award of Merit in 2000, and the Grand Teton Natural History Association Award in 2002 and again in 2003. Perhaps Dave’s most prestigious honor was given to him in June of 2003 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West Show in Oklahoma City. That is when he won the Major General and Mrs. Don S. Pittman Wildlife Art Award for the first time. Dave again won that award in 2005.
Dave loves to be in the outdoors as much as possible. He and his wife enjoy watching and photographing animals in their natural habitat. He enjoys learning about the individual traits of the animals. One of the strongest aspects of his paintings is the ability he has to capture the expressions of the animals and his depiction of sunlight in his work. The longer he paints the more he leans toward a looser, more impressionistic style; although different subjects evoke different styles. His favorite artists include: Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius, and Ken Carlson.
He currently resides in Star Valley, Wyoming. The joy of his life is living and enjoying every day with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Madison. He feels so fortunate to be an artist and to have had a full-time art career for the past 29 years.