Nancy Murphree Davis is an artist who works in many mediums. Originally from Alabama, Nancy is an Air Force spouse in the DC area for the second time in her husband's career. She has lived all over the United States and her work often depicts scenes from these experiences. She has a degree in fine arts from Auburn University.
Nancy is a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, the Arlington Artists Alliance and The Art League and is a gallery member at Gallery Underground. Her awards include Best of Show in both the Arlington Artists Alliance Washington Color Field Show and the Pintores Art League Spring Fling, first place in the Audi of Arlington Art Showcase as well as honorable mentions with the Springfield Art Guild and the Art League Gallery.
My watercolor paintings are a cacophony of color. I mean to convey beauty in the mundane or give a whole new perspective to the already interesting or beautiful. I am drawn to industrial towers and structures, architectural facades, and landscapes with bold shapes or anything with a strong pattern. I work from photographs (usually my own), which I manipulate digitally to simplify and abstract. When I take out the paints, I use an extensive palette, but rhythm and repetition make a harmonious melody of the color. I often flip flop negative space with positive space. This adds interest and creates a strong visual path.
Besides watercolor, I adore printmaking, especially monotypes. Although some of these monotypes are complete off the press, they sometimes serve as a rich, textured backdrop for mixed media pieces that contain etchings, drawings, watercolors and collage.
"I work in many different mediums, but I tend to concentrate on one for several months and then something will inspire me to switch. I find that I do more watercolors in the summer when it is sunny and more alcohol ink painting in the winter because the bright colors are cheerful during the cold and gray days. I'm always open to trying something new! I learned about alcohol inks looking at paintings by a fellow artist on Facebook. This friend added me to several groups of alcohol ink artists and I could see the possibilities and dove right in. At first the lack of control was frustrating, but after some experimentation, I learned to use the unique flow to create interesting shape and texture.
I make art because I love to paint and create and because I have so many ideas that I feel a need to express! When an art collector truly loves a piece and wants to own it, my heart overflows with joy. I want my art to make people see the subject in a new way. I want them to bring their own feelings and emotions to the piece and have it radiate good thoughts or memories into their lives. I want them to feel joy (or peace) every time they see it on their wall. I also make art because I love artists and the communities that artists create. They are some of the kindest and most giving people on Earth."
May 1, 2015