|SALLIE LYNN DAVIS
When you first
encounter the art of Sallie Lynn Davis' exotic animals in pastels, watercolors,
acrylics and oils, you'll be eye-to-eye with some of the world's most
magnificent creatures; big cats, primates, giraffes, zebra, elephants and
birds, to name a few.
Davis began her career in 1987 with pen and ink detailed renderings of wildlife. She was first published in Tide Pools, a California literary journal, that same year. Davis has studied with Carl Brenders, Rod Fredrick and Richard Sloan, world-renowned wildlife artists. In October 1997, she completed an intensive workshop with master artists Robert Bateman and Stephen Quiller.
Davis has recently returned from a three week mobile tenting safari in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe with wildlife artists John Banovich and Kobus Moller, where she observed daily and intimately through her camera lenses the animals she paints and immersed herself in their environment. She is using some of the reference materials she gathered there in her most recently commissioned painting a 96" x 144" mural of five life-sized zebra. In November, Davis attended an intensive workshop with master artist John SeereyLester, famous for the atmosphere he creates in his wildlife paintings.
A naturalist, Davis has a deep appreciation of and lifelong personal experience with animals, which have led her into a successful career in nature and wildlife painting. In her intimate portraits, both domestic and wildlife, she captures the natural curiosity and intensity of each subject. Davis presents her artist's worldview of wildlife in the hope that the general public, as nature's custodians, will share her concern and passion for preserving them in the wild.
Since 1987, Davis has exhibited at the San Diego Safari Club, San Diego Wildlife Show, Festival of the Arts in La Jolla, Art Festival in the Village of La Jolla, San Diego Home and Garden Show, Old Town Tempe Fall Festival in Tempe, Arizona, the San Dimas Festival of Arts Fall Wildlife Art Show, the invitational Reflections of Nature Wildlife Art Show since 1997, Country Club Classic, National Rottweiler Club, Cabrillo & Del Sur Kennel Club Shows, The California Open Wildlife Festival since 1998, Oceanside Museum of Art Regional 1998, the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show 1998 and the Pacific Rim Art Exposition 1999 & 2000, California Open 2000 Featured Artist and "Reflections of Nature" Wildlife Art Show 1997-2001.
"I intend my paintings to be more than just good art. I attempt to create a lasting image of the curiosity, intelligence and personality of these often threatened animals. To me, that means realism without compromise and calls for total honesty in the art and complete commitment to each concept".
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