Raised in the open spaces of West Texas, I remember a love of nature and a desire to explore the land at a young age. I have vivid memories of awe for the big sky and endless fields, of anticipation when we’d travel through the Caprock Escarpment, and of reverence when seeing a dust-filtered West Texas sunset. During a family road trip when I was about nine, I sat on an overlook at Palo Duro Canyon, overwhelmed at the beauty in front of me and knowing with certainty that nature was by design. Even earlier, I remember total happiness in having a sharpened pencil in my grip and paper at its point. 

I never entertained studying art as a career, instead turning toward teaching and law as degrees with more clearly defined career outcomes. After I married, I turned toward black and white photography as a hobby, first taking photos of the landscape, then of our three daughters, and learning much about composition and light in the process. It wasn’t until 2007 that I decided to pursue a lifelong curiosity and learn to paint. I quickly found that painting brought all of my interests and skills together and inspired that bit of my soul I’d left dormant for so long. 

My adoration of the outdoors, drawing, photography, writing, even law--all of it has a place in painting. The rush of excitement I feel from composing a painting outdoors and of capturing nature's beauty and dynamic character energizes me. I’m constantly learning, and am meeting fascinating artists and collectors along the way. I’ve kept a steady and methodical pace, challenging myself to improve and refine my skills in order to elegantly demonstrate my respect for our landscape on canvas.

Davis has painted professionally since 2010.  Her work is available at Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas (no relation); smaller works are occasionally available through this blog.  She lives in Austin with her husband, Ben, and their three daughters.

2007-2010 Coursework, Austin Museum of Art  
1991-1994 Juris Doctor, Baylor Law School 
1987-1991 BS in Education, Baylor University

Gallery Representation:
Davis Gallery, Austin, TX 

2015 Award of Merit, American Women Artists' Spring Online Show
2014 Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase
2014 Best of Show and Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence - Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event
2013  Best of Show and  Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence - Kerrville Outdoor Painters' Event

Exhibitions and Juried Shows:
2017:   American Impressionist Society Inaugural Small Works Showcase and National Juried Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2016:   A Feeling of Humanity, Ken Ratner Collection, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX
2016:   American Women Artists 2016 National Juried Exhibition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2016:   Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, IN
2016:   American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Show
2015:  Tiny Treasures Show, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
2015:  A Feeling of Humanity: Ken Ratner Collection, Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, NE
2015:  Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
2015:  American Women Artists 2015 National Juried Exhibition & Annual Member's Show, Bonner David Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2015:  16th National Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2015:  Davis Gallery, There's a Summer Place We Can Go, Austin, TX
2014:  Holiday Group Show at Davis Gallery, Austin, TX
2014:  Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville, TX
2014:  Plein Air Austin at Chase Bandk Corridor of Arts, Austin, TX
2014:  5 x 7 The Contemporary Invitational at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
2013:  Davis Gallery, There's No Place Like Home, Austin, TX
2013:  Davis Gallery, Holiday Group Show, Austin, TX
2012:  Kerrville Outdoor Painters' Event Show, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville, TX
2012:  Chase Bank Corridor of Arts, Plein Air Austin, juried show, Austin, TX
2012:  Davis Gallery, Works On Paper, Austin, TX
2012:  Davis Gallery, Holiday Group Show, Austin, TX
2011:  Chase Bank Corridor of Arts, Plein Air Austin, juried show, Austin, TX
2011:  Davis Gallery, ON SITE:  The Appeal of the Real, three-person show, Austin, TX
2011:  Wendow Fine Living, three-person show, Austin, TX
2010  Wendow Fine Living, Austin, TX
2010:  Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas, Plein Air Austin, juried show, Austin, TX
2010:  MSC Forsyth Galleries, Texas A & M University, Plein Air Exhibition, juried show, Bryan, TX
2009  Weisinger's Winery, Ashland, OR, Twenty-Four: Points of View
2009:  Austin Art Space, What Texas Means To Me, juried show, Austin, TX
2009:  Chase Bank Corridor of Arts, Plein Air Austin, juried show, Austin, TX
2009:  Austin Art Space, For the Love of Art, juried show, Austin, TX
2008:  Austin Art Space, 12 Buy 12, juried show, Austin, TX
2008:  Gatehouse Gallery, Austin Museum of Art, Reflections / Refractions in Still Life, Austin, TX
2008:  Artspoken Gallery, For the Love of Art, juried show, Austin, TX
2007:  Artspoken Gallery, 12 Buy 12, juried show, Austin, TX

Memberships and Affiliations:
Plein Air Austin - Artist Member
Outdoor Painter's Society - Associate member
Oil Painters of America - Associate member
American Impressionist Society - Associate member
American Women Artists - Associate with Distinction

     photo © Kathy Schmidt Jamison 2012