Dave grew up in Aspen. The Durrance family arrived in 1947 when Dave was two. While he is more widely known for his various roles in skiing as a racer, coach, and retailer, he began studying art in high school. He earned a BFA in painting at the University of Denver in 1968. That summer he had a one-man show at the Wooden Horse Gallery in the mid-valley. Growing up in Aspen in the 1950’s and ‘60s he couldn’t help being influenced by the work of Herbert Bayer, and through him the work of other Bauhaus artists.
Dave continued painting when he could, rarely showing for the next forty years. He has recently returned to painting full time and has participated in numerous group shows throughout the valley for the last ten years. Dave has been included in shows at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, The Aspen Chapel Gallery, LivAspenArt in Aspen, and the Aspen Art Museum, as well as at the Launchpad in Carbondale. He has had several one-man shows at Bonfire in Carbondale, and at Anderson Ranch.
Dave works at his studio in the Third Street Center in Carbondale, and has studied at Anderson Ranch, CMC and Carbondale Arts.