Dave grew up in Texas, where he developed a love for the outdoors. After receiving a degree in Forest Management from Stephen F. Austin State University, he moved to northern California to start a career as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. During his 35 year career he worked on six National Forests in California, Oregon and Idaho. He retired in 2002 in McCall, Idaho, where he served as Forest Supervisor of the Payette National Forest for the last nine years of his career.
Throughout his forestry career, Dave pursued his love of the outdoors. An avid hunter, fisher and birder, he began carving decoys over 40 years ago. As he developed his skills he shifted from floating decoys to highly detailed decorative carvings of raptors, songbirds and upland game birds. He has been represented by galleries in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana, and his work is in many noted collections in America, as well as Europe and New Zealand.
Since retirement he has built a studio in McCall, where he continues to produce carvings and limited edition bronzes. He participates in carving competitions and juried art shows, and is currently represented by Out of Africa-In Montana Gallery, in Bozeman, Mt (www.fwdart.com). In addition to carving, he pursues his hobbies of wildlife photography, shooting sporting clays, ,hunting, fishing, and training his Labrador retrievers for hunting and field trials.