Dave H

Dave began sculpting as a hobby while finishing off his training to become an Operating Department Practitioner. His sculptures proved to be immensely popular so he started producing and selling casts to subsidise the cost of his studies. Realising that it would not be possible to continue working in the Operating Theatres and keep up with the demand for his sculptures, he decided to hang up his surgical scrubs in December 2015 and began working full-time as an artist. Dave soon expanded his artistic reach into painting and testimony to his popularity, he now has an online following of over 65,000 with one of his pieces ‘Miss you too mate’ having been liked by over 100,000 people worldwide on Facebook alone. Having had a 22-year career in the British Army, his work reflects upon his experiences during this time and is predominantly remembrance themed. Dave was injured during a mortar attack in Iraq while on a deployment in 2006 and subsequently underwent surgery on his hand. Previously ambidextrous, he noticed that after the injuries his left hand was more dominant and now uses it exclusively for his work. Following his career in the Army, Dave was also diagnosed with a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and went on to receive treatment for this as well as depression and PTSD including from the charity Combat Stress. A keen supporter of Military Charities, Dave regularly donates his work to help raise funds and awareness for the causes that he supports.