Dave Croad grew up in Johannesburg and the Kwazulu-Natal midlands, but has lived permanently in Knysna for many years. Although Dave never studied art in any formal institution, his passion has always been drawing and painting. He has been a full-time professional artist for many years, holding successful exhibitions, both solo and group, in Johannesburg and Knysna. Dave works in oils and watercolour, painting mainly landscapes and seascapes. His work reflects his love of colour and composition and his passion for South Africa with all its contrasts and diversity.