Bryce grew up surrounded by the nature of the west. His deep love for the world around him and his desire to create art have always been closely linked. When he entered college, he studied biology and the natural sciences followed by graduate studies in ecology. Eventually his passion for art became undeniable and he focused full time on an art career the moment he left grad school.
Pettit has 20 years of sculpting under his belt. He chosen subject is, of course, wildlife. He has been selected for several monumental public works including for the Tulsa International Airport, the Maritime Museum in Ludington Michigan, the Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens in Kawai, Hawaii as well as a substantial collection of libraries, schools, and public parks.
Pettit was interviewed by Western Art & Architecture in August of 2017 where he explained, "My art philosophy is: you put good things into your life, good things into all you do, and good things will come out. So I spend a lot of time outside, reading, doing things I love, and it comes out in my art. Sometimes the piece refers to a story or an experience I’ve had while on the river or hiking. I’ll have 20 ideas and maybe only get to two of those. These are the ones I really can’t leave alone.”
When asked what he is looking forward to most about the public art piece for Durango, Pettit answered "Working with the people of Durango. I love this town and see this as an opportunity to give something back. We want to make something really special."
"I love this town and see this as an opportunity to give something back. We want to make something really special."