Artist and alpinist, Dave McNally has lived in the Tetons for over 38 years. From Chicago, Illinois, he studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. In the early 80’s. he moved to Jackson, WY where he began a new life pursuing his passions of painting and mountaineering. His close connection to nature, the mountain environment and the people that live there serve as the inspiration for his art.
In 1988 he was invited to join the Wyoming Centennial EVEREST EXPEDITION as expedition artist, a rare opportunity to document the trip in oil paint. This event changed the course of Dave's life and made it possible to combine climbing with art as a way of life. Today he is a veteran of mountaineering expeditions to some of the highest peaks around the world.
Over the last 30 years, Dave has exhibited at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, National Museum of Wildlife Art Western Visions Miniature Show, Vertical Peaks, Mountain Trails and the Wilcox Gallery among others.
While pursuing his career as an artist, he worked as the Ski Patrol Director at Snow King Mountain and an EXUM Mountain Guide, both in Jackson Hole. He also operated Rocky Mountain Martial Arts, teaching the Okinawan style Isshin Ryu karate. And he started his own Himalayan guide service, Mountain Odyssey Treks & Expeditions.
Inspired to communicate the essence of the world we see and feel, Dave invites us into his beautifully rendered paintings for an intimate experience of nature in high places.
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"You cannot stay on the summit forever. You have to come down again…So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. There is an art to finding one’s direction in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can still know.”
Rene Daumal - Mount Analogue