David Fithian grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida and was surrounded by artists and creative people from an early age. Beginning in 1967 he studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York and then the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the early 1970’s. While still an art student he worked in several Philadelphia galleries and learned archival framing along the way. From 1974 to 1980 he was head of the Graphics Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Although Fithian’s main focus has always been on painting and drawing, many years were spent as a fine arts and commercial photographer. He taught photography at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida and conducted a watercolor class at the Maitland Art Center in Maitland, Florida from 1982 to 1990. In the 1990’s he lived in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and was a special features writer for the local newspaper and continued to teach and conduct workshops. As a practicing artist from art school days to the present there has been an unbroken connection to painting, including participating in numerous juried and one person exhibitions.
In 2000 Fithian returned to Florida and opened a fine art gallery. Now as Curator of Art and Exhibitions at the Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida since 2001 this accrued fine arts experience has proved invaluable.