The Essence of Beauty
Imagine if you could see beyond the natural world to the beauty within. For more than two decades, Brian Davis has been creating paintings which belie the simplicity of form found in nature, creating an illusion of depth that captivates the viewer. As he paints a landscape or a flower, he creates something more than the original. "For me," says Brian, "the flower is the stage and the light is the dancer." Painting from photographs, Brian has an uncanny ability to illuminate his paintings in such a way that his technique focuses the eye on the patterns of light in each work. Influenced by the Dutch Masters, as well as Art Deco and Art Nouveau creations, Brian captures an intensity of colour through the overlaying of many layers of paint, while at the same time creating highly stylized renditions of the world around him. His whole life has been about a constant belief in his artistic ability. In the sixth grade he met Robert Anton who would also turn out to be a very gifted artist. As best friends, they often had friendly competitions which helped hone their artistic skills. They remain friends to this day. "Not to say I haven’t had my share of setbacks," Brian says, "but I tend to see them as a normal part of the life journey; as opportunities to grow. I am very bulldog-like and I tend to just keep forging ahead. Tenacity is more important than talent in many situations. If one has both, watch out!" As he sees it, his artistic goal is to find the most elegant way to express a subject. Thus, he focuses on discovering and bringing to light the
previous spread, Morning Rose, oil on canvas, 24" x 24" above, Pale Orange Rose, oil on canvas, 30" x 30" right top, Pink Peony, oil on canvas, 20" x 20" right bottom, Pale Pink Dahlia, oil on canvas, 00" x 00"