David B. Tibbetts



I live in a small town in New Hampshire where trout ponds, lakes and rivers fill my pallet.  I'm a watercolorist who loves fishing or perhaps a fisherman who loves to paint watercolors!  My inspiration usually comes while standing in a river with a fly rod in hand.

The river around me seems to say  "Don't let this moment escape.  Get out your brushes and have some fun"  Tough to do when the trout are rising so I get out my camera and shot a few.  Back at my studio I paint and go back to that magic moment

fishing has brought me so much more than catching.  I have met wonderful folks on the rivers and lakes over the past 70 +  years, and have formed friendships that to this day.

So if you are ever out on a river or pond and see a guy with a full beard, wearing a greek fisherman's cap with a streamer stuck in the side of it say hello and swap some fishing storied.  I can lie with the best of 'em!

Thank you for selecting one of my watercolors.  May it bring you as much pleasure as I had in the joy of painting it.

Tight Lines

My work is represented in the permanent collection of The American Museum of Fly Fishing, Rangeley Region Heritage Trust, Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, select galleries and many private collections.

My paintings have appeared in national publications and books such as Fly Fishing Magazine and Maine Fish and Wildlife and are featured in The Hatch Guide for New England Streams by Thomas Ames Jr. 

I have a book entitled Tight Lines, a 128 page book of watercolors and a 72 page book titled A journey on the end of a fly rod of paintings and poems.  I also have 2 children books  What Use Is A moose and A Bear With No Hair.

I welcome commissions from individuals, corporations and sporting camps to do paintings of fishing spots, camps and all places held dear.