I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't drawing or painting, so it seemed only natural that I gravitated towards a career as a graphic designer, art director and commercial illustrator.
My 30 years as a commercial illustrator and graphic designer has a big influence on the composition of my paintings.
I work in a variety of media including watercolors and acrylic, but my favorite medium is oils. Oils allow me to achieve a more relaxed, impressionistic style.
I paint mainly from the photos that I take on fishing trips or hikes in the countryside.
If you ask the average person to describe what they see in a landscape, they will say, green leaves, brown bark, green grass, grey mountains, blue water.
As an artist, first, I see a landscape scene as a composition of objects. I see the colors that most people don’t seem to see, the yellows, blues, browns, oranges, in the grasses, and the oranges, grays, purples, blues, yellows, oranges in the trees. The mountains of pale purple and blue.
The water reflecting the sky, the foliage, and the transparency to the bottom of rocks or sand. I have trained myself to see all the colors in the scene, then I try to paint them. I always try to paint what I see, instead of what I think I see.
My studio is in Boise Idaho, I have won various regional and national awards including the 2009 America's top 100 'Paint the Parks’, and the 2020 Oil Painters of America, 29th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils.
You can see my work in person at my studio in Boise, Idaho.
The Gallery at Finer Frames in Eagle, Idaho.
The Mountain House Gallery in McCall, Idaho.
The Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon.
I also do landscape and pet portrait commissions.
Visit his website: markdavisart.com