apr 7 – may 24
John Davis was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, earning a fine arts degree in printmaking from Tulane University in 1986. After moving to Florida, he felt the influence of his mentor, Walter Inglis Anderson … inspired by the way in which Anderson perceived nature in a coastal surrounding. This influence is the foundation for Davis’s work. Davis’s appreciation of the subtle designs of nature is inspired by frequent kayaking trips with his wife, Jewel. Each trip down a river or to an island has generated new subject matter. He has developed his own style with clear lines and repetitive patterns, soothing to the mind and spirit. The summer colors of the Gulf and Florida’s coastal views are used in harmony, and every encounter with a sea creature’s humor and personality is injected into his art. Davis’s prints, serigraph and linoleum block, are individually watercolored, making each an original piece. His flair for design carries over to the hand-colored and crafted frames he creates for his art.
Reception Friday, April 8, 7-9 p.m. First Street Gallery, 216-B First Street, Neptune Beach, 241-6928.