Artist and alpinist, Dave McNally lives in on the west side of the Tetons in Victor, ID. Growing up in Chicago, Illinois he studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. After school, he left the city behind and relocated to Jackson, WY in the early 80’s. 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.This proved to be a very rare opportunity since explorers stopped relying on artists to record their expeditions with the advent of the camera. He accepted with enthusiasm and documented the trip in oil paint. This event changed the course of the artist’s journey and made it possible to combine his passions into a way of life.
Today he is a veteran of mountaineering expeditions to some of the highest peaks around the world. In conjunction with his art he has 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. Eventually all of these endeavors lead him to create his own Himalayan guide service, Mountain Odyssey Treks & Expeditions. The word ‘odyssey’ means an epic journey and that is what Dave has had thus far.
Now his focus is less on guiding and more on painting expeditions, exploring the peaks and valleys of the world’s mountain ranges and the colorful people who live in them. Inspired to communicate the essence of the world we see, Dave invites us into his beautifully rendered paintings with the sun’s light to guide us through the landscape for an intimate experience of his favorite mountain ranges.
He 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,, Mountain Trails and the Wilcox Gallery among others.