Artist statements written and presented in third person? No, thanks. Less formality, more humanity, please. A fan of dichotomy, I like to pair items as such, clean with dirty, smooth with rough, dark with light, and so on. Juxtaposing the highly-realistic with that of flat-planed simplicity, I love images that hint at a story to be told. On the surface, many of my pieces appear to be a snapshot from day-to-day life. Such shots exist not to define us, but to express us. There’s a certain beauty and comfort to be found in the items we surround ourselves with daily in our homes. Beyond that, there lies a reflection within that imagery of what our precious memories are made; possibly a wooden paddled hairbrush containing the strands of our mother’s hair, maybe the red ceramic teapot we drank tea from with our grandparents every Sunday afternoon, or perhaps a coat rack we passed by in the hall during good times
and bad throughout our growing years. A soft spot for nostalgia, I have, the vintage, retro, and kitsch with a touch of whimsy, sometimes clever, always colorful. Additional influences lie in the bold, rich work of Tamara de Lempicka, the intricate lushness of Gustav Klimt, and the warm, vast spaces of color from Mark Rothko. I enjoy the hands-on aspect of traditional mediums- most especially, colored pencils, oil pastels, Crayola crayons, and heavy-bodied acrylics. I’ve made amends with the once evil computer, now viewing it as yet another tool from which to create, though nothing beats the messy play that comes with hands-on work. I’ve taken to often incorporating a bakery boxish pink that evokes a warmth that I’d like to have accompany much of my work. I’m looking to expand into a little fan art and some edgy editorial in times to come.
© 2018 DEBORAH DAVIS