I was born in the UK, in the heavy industrial town of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. At a very early age it was clear that I had a gift and passion for art and I drew everyday while dreaming of becoming an artist. At 15 yrs of age I was dissuaded from becoming an artist and directed instead into the local engineering industry, I had an extremely varied and interesting career in Oil and Gas and Petrochemicals, Steel Industry which involved travelling the World. In 1988 my family and I emigrated to Perth, Western Australia
In 2008 my wife Sandra pushed me to start painting and as soon as I walked into the art room my passion for art was reignited. I remember my fingers tingling with excitement.
In 2012, I started painting in water colours and fell in love with this most challenging but rewarding of mediums. I soon realised this was what I truely loved, so I quit engineering and art is now my life.
My subject matter is eclectic and I paint busy, dynamic outdoor scenes with plenty of action, interest, people, boats, water, cafe scenes, colour, monotone, sea and country landscapes. I works with all the art medias but paint mostly water colours and pastels.
I loves nothing better than to sit with a coffee and people watch, doing quick sketches of people sitting or walking by.
I have travelled extensively to study and paint with my favourite Internationally renowned artists and whilst admiring their skills and techniques I have ensured to develop my own unique style
Oct 2019 - WA Watercolour Society Annual Exhibition - Sponsor's Choice
Oct 2019 - WA Watercolour Society Annual Exhibition - Highly Commended
Aug 2019 - Perth Pastel Society - Annual Exhibition - Highly Commended
Mar 2019 - WA Watercolour Annual Exhibition Plein Air - Highly Commended
Jun 2018 - International Watercolour Plein Air competition- Maccagno Italy - Third place
Mar 2018 - Beverley WA Annual Arts Exhibition - Highly Commended
Oct 2017 - WA Watercolour Annual Exhibition - Highly Commended
Apr 2017 - West Australia Society of Arts - Plein Air Competition - Winner
Aug 2016 - Perth Pastel Society - Annual Exhibition - Highly Commended
Jun 2015 - WA Watercolour Society Plein Air Competition - Winner
May 2015 - Mandurah Crab Festival - Plein Air competition - Winner
Aug 2014 - Perth Pastel Society - Annual Exhibition - Runner up
Apr 2013 - West Australia Society of Arts - Plein Air Competition - Winner
Dave was demo artist for an International audience at Maccagno as part of the 2018 International Watercolour Sympossium held in Italy. Dave's demos are very popular as they are fun filled, dynamic with a large slice of humour thrown in. Audiences leave inspired and eager to paint
Dave’s paintings hang in Australia, England, USA, Canada, Bahrain, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain and several in the personnel collection of an Ex Governer of Perth’s home