Welcome! You've come this far and I'm so glad. You're one of the reasons I paint.
I start my paintings by creating chaos – marks and smears that are spontaneous and beautiful all on their own. Then I build energy with color and line and then I create content.
Sometimes the content is an image and sometimes just strong beauty – color and texture, light and dark.
My work does not have a philosophical message, it is purely the paint, the colors, the texture, the surprises.
Often it is my agony, when I fight with the paint and try to control it, and often it is my pleasure, that I offer up with a completed piece. A degree of control comes late into the process – when I finally see where it really can go. I am surprised! It is rarely what I thought it might be.
Technique? I try not to have one but yes there are tools I use again and again, and it seems the paint teases me every time. Sometimes it is slicker, sometimes dryer and I must respond accordingly.
Lessons to my freedom – that's what it is and what I share. This is my way and perhaps it will offer you a thought into what might be the direction for you. But mostly I want you to enjoy, enjoy.
I want to create art that you will look at again and again. I want to create a painting that draws you in to look closely to see the mystery of its creation. I want you to feel the pleasure and the joy of original art still warm with creative vibration.
I am Asheville, North Carolina artist, Nan Davis. I was born in Greenville, South Carolina and lived there until I was 18. My Bachelor of Fine Art is from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Visit me in my studio in Asheville's River Arts District. 357 Depot Street, Asheville, North Carolina