A Life Enjoyed is a Life Well Lived
When it comes to his artwork, Jerry Davidson is quite the philosopher. He admits, "At the risk of treading on dangerous territory, I can’t help but think sometimes that we artists take ourselves a little too seriously. Typically, there seems to be a collective and abiding compulsion to inject profound meaning into everything we do. I suppose this is why I, occasionally, edge over to the lighter side and look for some element of whimsy or mystery when I contemplate a possible subject – in hopes that the viewer will pause for more than a brief glance and give the finished work a thoughtful appraisal. Besides, it makes executing the piece much more fun." Describing himself as a "self-taught" artist, Jerry says, "In the early stages there was a lot of agonizing trial and error. Today, I wish I could say that I have morphed into a feverishly disciplined artist who starts at first light and works through the day subsisting on a scrap of bread and glass of water, but that is not the case. Much as I derive enormous pleasure from my painting activities, I am drawn to other interests which tend to inhibit my output as a painter." These delights include most kinds of music. "For years, I have struggled to play not just one, but three instruments: banjo, guitar and ukulele. Lately, I have even taken up the drums in the
left, Francesca in Space, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20" above, Winter Coat, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30"