Nature has always been the thread that sews David Pettibone’s paintings together. The complex relationships between humans and nature are an infinite source of inspiration for him, as they run the gamut from peaceful to the sublime and from pleasant to the horrifying. Pettibone’s realistic paintings seek to convey the visceral emotions that come about when we are reminded of just how connected to our environment we truly are.
Upon graduating from New York Academy of Art, Pettibone has regularly exhibited his work and has taught painting and drawing at various schools and institutions throughout New York City. In 2013, David spent seven months in the Arctic documenting and painting the subsistence whaling culture of the Iñupiat Eskimo people of Barrow, Alaska. It was this experience that turned him towards the state of Alaska and its natural beauty which, eventually, would be the reason for his transplant from the Big Apple to Anchorage.