Dave Baab, Dunedin, New Zealand Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Dave has been drawing since he was a child. He chose to go into dentistry rather than medicine because dentistry has a hands-on, almost artistic component to it. Over the years, he has drawn thousands of pictures of teeth and gums for his patients and for dental students when he was a professor of dentistry.
In 1997, he took his first watercolor class. He always wanted to learn to use color with his drawings, but he found that class to be so intimidating that he didn’t paint again for a year. In 1998, he began again, and took watercolor classes consistently for several years.
In 2005 he had his first show in Seattle, and many of his paintings sold. He had a second show in 2006. In 2007, he and his wife, Lynne, moved to Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is a lecturer at the University of Otago. Dave retired from dentistry when they moved, and spends most of his time painting. He has so much beautiful scenery to paint! He is an artist member of the Otago Art Society and sells his original watercolors (or watercolours!) in the Art Society gallery in the Dunedin train station.