Sandpiper member artist John Davis

John Davis

John Davis

I was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1951. My art career first started at Kansas State University in the mid 70's after a four year tour of service in the U.S. Navy. At that time I was introduced to the beauty of the northwest United States while stationed at Bremerton, Washington. Unable to remain a flat-lander, I ventured back to the northwest.

I received my degree in art at Oregon State University in 1980. I was most fortunate to be mentored in painting and printmaking by a great artist and friend, Nelson Sandgren. His influence of direct painting from nature and strong use of color is to this day a driving force in all of my paintings.

Much of my work is done plein air (in the open air). I depend on mother nature as my teacher now and she never lets me down. Along with my art degree I acquired a teaching certificate and have spent 25+ years as and art educator in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and have recently moved to Polson, Montana on beautiful Flat Head Lake.

Here I am surrounded by endless vistas and fantastic landscapes which are my favorite subjects. I paint primarily in acrylic both for plein-air and studio works. I have also been experimenting with wire sculpture in the studio during the long winters in Montana. When it gets too cold we travel to Mexico where I enjoy painting in watercolor or pastels on site. I have exhibited and conducted workshops in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. I am currently a member of the International Plein-Air Painters Association and the Sandpiper Art Gallery in Polson where my work may also be viewed.

Enough about me. I would rather let my paintings speak for themselves. You can view photos of my work on my Web site. I hope you enjoy my work.