About Dave ...

Dave was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire and lived for the first 18 years of his life in the small Pennine village of Ripponden. He attended Sowerby Bridge Grammar School and went on to study Mathematics at Liverpool University. After leaving university, Dave worked in IT for almost 30 years, drawing only as a hobby. In 1986, he submitted some of his pen & ink work to the Dalesman magazine . For the next 10 years he was a regular contributor to the Dalesman and Cumbria magazines.


AmazonicaAlthough he had always enjoyed drawing Dave did not study Art at school and so has had no formal education in the subject. He now sees this as an advantage, since he has no preconceived ideas about style or technique. Up to 2004, Dave's artwork was mainly pen and ink drawings, but he then started to produce paintings with the same meticulous attention to detail and the subtle use of colour, landscapes and animals being his fsvourite subjects.


High and dry
In 2005, Dave and his fellow-artist and partner Liz Clarke opened The Elm Gallery at Addingham Moorside, on the edge of Ilkley Moor, where they were both able to display and sell their art to the public. The gallery was open every day for almost eight years, but the recession and prolonged spells of bad weather in this "off the beaten track" location, eventually forcedthem to close.

Moorside farm


Now the Elm Gallery has a new home at the Old Post House in Topcliffe, near Thirsk, in North Yorkshire. Details of location, opening hours, etc can be found on the Elm Gallery website.




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