Dave is a retired teacher/principal who lives in Thronbury, Ontario. He spent several years as the Headmaster of Rosseau Lake College in the Muskokas, a school well suited to his love of the out of doors. Dave's father was founder of Camp Hurontario set among the islands of Georgian Bay. He spent his summer there, canoeing, fishing and painting with his mom, Helen Hodgetts, one of the camp's art instructors.
During his summers at Hurontatio, Dave was inspired by some of Canada's leading artists. A.Y. Jackson, Hilton Hassel, and John Rennie were some of the resident artists who came to the camp to paint the Bay. In later years he learned from several of the camp's well known artist alumni. Ted Bartram, John Hartman and David Blackwood have all influenced his work. Georgian Bay, Algonquin Park, Kilarney Provincial Park and the great rivers that flow across the barren lands in Canada's far north are the vistas he most enjoys painting.
"I love travelling to wild places where I can fly fish, canoe trip, and paint. Kilarney Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, and the great rivers of Canada's far north satisfy these passions."