A Life En­joyed is a Life Well Lived

Arabella - - NEWS - Brett An­ning­son

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"

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