David Scholes was born in Melbourne and educated at Scotch College. He served as a bomber pilot during WWII and returned to Australia in 1945 with a Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1946 he married Pat Nelson . A commercial artist, David worked on some Australian wide campaigns selling products from chocolate to beer, lingerie and flour. He took on the role of commercial artist for Launceston's Examiner Newspaper and worked there until his retirement. David was the author of 13 books on fly fishing and a prolific watercolour artist.