Daven, A US Naval Academy graduate with an MBA from the University of Chicago, a nuclear engineer and submariner with thirty-five years running companies, came late to a full-time art career. It had been a very occasionally used talent during his naval and business life. In 2010 it became his passion. He is self-taught having followed a path of very occasional workshops and much trial and error. He has painted in all mediums but now works exclusively in oil and watercolor and in a wide range of subject matter.
A long time Chicagoan, Daven moved to St. Louis’ in 2006 and then in 2008 to the city’s historical Lafayette Square neighborhood where he established his studio in the Square’s over 130 year old former blacksmith shop. Although primarily a studio painter, Daven travels widely, in the US and around the world, capturing subject matter. Daven is a representational artist and teacher. He has taught art at the University of Missouri, in workshops around the country and weekly in his studio. He has exhibited across the US, in China and Taiwan.