Bev Pettit grew up in a small Minnesota farming community, but today she lives in Prescott, Ariz., on a small ranch surrounded by more than a million acres of national forest, wilderness, and wildlife. As a fine arts photographer specializing in equine photography, she is close to some of the largest working ranches in the nation, which enables her to photograph ranch life and the people who work and live on those vast lands.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota and the University of South Dakota with degrees in fine arts and Spanish, Petit worked as a publisher and designer for large corporations in Phoenix, Hong Kong, London, and Los Angeles. Today she lives a much slower life in Arizona where she has taken hundreds of photos of today’s working cowboys, their horses, and their tools of the trade.
Pettit’s travels also took her to remote areas with wild horses, such as Sable Island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Her striking portraits, often black and white, showcase these beautiful creatures and reflect their personalities while capturing their essence.
Pettit has received international photo and art awards, including the Siena International Photo Awards, Moscow International Photo Awards, PX3 Paris International Photo Awards, and Tokyo International Photo Awards. In the 2021 worldwide One Eyeland B&W Awards, Pettit was named #1 Black & White Photographer in the United States and #3 Black & White Photographer in the World.
View her website at www.bevpettit.com