Paul Davis was born and raised in Oklahoma where he became interested in painting during his high school years. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. While visiting a friend in Albuquerque, he fell in love with the southwest and decided to move there. He stayed in New Mexico for some ten years and then moved to Phoenix to do some advanced studies at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Oil paint is his primary medium and he seeks ways to have the abstraction and representational co-existing in his paintings. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections and he has been honored at many juried shows.
He is represented in Arizona by Wilde-Meyer Galleries, Scottsdale and Tucson. In Santa Fe, New Mexico he is represented by Joyce Robins Gallery, and in Telluride, Colorado by Lucas Gallery.
"I have always enjoyed being outdoors as much as possible. I choose to paint landscapes as my subject matter because I feel closest to it, especially here in the colorful southwest.
However, there is more to my painting than just the landscape. The paints themselves are important. Arranging thick and thin colors of paint on a canvas can be just as real of an art as the subject itself. My paintings are very bright, because I push the colors to their limits, and am interested in the contrasts of using thin transparent and thick opaque paint together.
In my studio, I am not unlike a potter who forms the clay into whatever he or she desires. My landscapes are shaped by omitting a lot of details plus moving select objects to form the composition I desire. Lately I have been using less objects and more color. However, I don't want the result to be total abstraction, but somewhere in between -- where abstraction and representation co-exist."
Paul F. Davis