Dave began his career without
benefit of formal art education, but driven by an exceptionally
strong will, he has become one of the top wildlife artists
Dave was born on November 27,
1929, in Rochester, Minnesota. As a young boy he raised pigeons
and often brought home orphaned birds and animals. His stepfather
took him hunting whenever he could and Dave's knowledge and
love of wildlife grew in leaps and bounds.
After graduation from high school,
he accepted a position with a leading manufacturer of high
school and college jewelry. He quickly rose through the ranks
to become art director.
In 1952 he joined the Marines
and while stationed in California, became close friends with
David Hagerbaumer, a fine wildlife artist in his own right.
Under Hagerbaumer's coaching, Dave honed his skills to a fine
Dave has won the federal duck
stamp contest twice (1974 and 1982) and has designed many
state duck stamps and conservation stamps. Dave's art has
raised a tremendous amount of money for conservation. Three
books have been written on his art; WATERFOWL AND UPLAND GAME
BIRDS (1978), WILDFOWL ART OF DAVID MAASS (1990), and WILDFOWL
OF NORTH AMERICA (1999).
He has been Artist of the Year
for Ducks Unlimited (1974) and was elected Artist of the Year
by the National Wildlife Art Collector's Society (1982).