The only son of an RCAF pilot, David Drum, when the war ended,
moved with his family to Toronto where his father began a career in
printing and lithography. In l954 his father built him a studio
and taught him oil painting techniques. In l96l, at the age of
17, he won the Canadian National Exhibition mural competition. By
then he was working for several Toronto companies illustrating their
catalogues while studying under the guidance of his art teacher, Alex
Fraser of Gordon Graydon Secondary School.
Summers were spent landscape painting at his uncle's Gatineau
cottage. A misplaced application to the Ontario College of Art in
l963 led to his enrollment in the anatomy and human dissection courses
at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, which resulted in a
ten-year career as a medical illustrator. He graduated as a
doctor of chiropractic in 1967.
From l975-1985, he maintained a studio in Manhattan, painting
abstract expressionist canvases while dealing in 19th century
art. In 1986, he returned to Toronto and established a
studio-gallery in Cabbagetown. He studied impressionist
techniques while making frequent trips to Paris and Normandy with his
wife, Barbara Vance, who was fluent in French.
He is represented in private and corporate collections throughout
North America with frequent creations for the sets of the film
industry. He has a studio-gallery in crystal Beach near Niagara Falls.
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