Leaving school in 1960 Dave worked at a local colliery for 12 years as an electrician, all the time painting and sketching his experiences in the dangerous working environment of the coal mine.
He won a scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford and left the pit in 1972, completing his studies at Oxford and Hull Universities in 1978, after which he took up teaching at Rotherham College - Ironically, none of his teaching posts were art related!
His love of steam engines and railways in general were directly inspired by his childhood experiences at Mexborough loco shed, where his father worked as a driver right up until the shed's closure in 1965.
Now retired, he devotes more time to painting and drawing, whilst keeping busy fulfilling many commissions.
Dave has exhibited his paintings widely, including one-man exhibitions in Holland, Pickering and Elsecar.