- Published on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:00
- Written by Super User
“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" ~Howard Ikemoto
By MO LINQUIST
James Davis never forgot everything his inner child knew about painting. He knew from the age of six he was destined to be an artist. At age nine he entered a contest in the local high school in Chillicothe, OH and won. He credits much of his success to a teacher who took him aside at age thirteen and encouraged his potential to pursue art as a career by helping James sell his first painting. That first sale of $20 shocked James, but became unbelievably important as it developed confidence and faith to never forget that people will buy art. That was 1962.
Life wasn’t all paint and colors for James. He became a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and was stationed for three years at Ft. Bragg. During this time he ventured into Wilmington and fell in love with the city. “Wilmington became my Paris and the Cape Fear my Seine,” he remembers fondly. In 1975 the bright light, beautiful and soft, seduced him to make Wilmington his home.
Davis’ work is one of a color artist, abstract and impressionistic. He looks at nature and sees not images, but rather one green leaf becomes an array of different colors as the sunlight hits it. His perception is different than the average person. He sees how the light hits the colors, and mixes his paint creating texture and colors. The image is but secondary.
Fifteen years ago the well known Wilmington blues harmonica player and art critic, Arthur Shuey, noticed that Davis’ art reminded him of mixolidian which is a term for a primary jazz scale designed to intentionally darken and lighten selected elements of a piece through the alteration of the sound. The art term “Myxolydian” was coined and became the school of art developed by Davis. It refers to the mixing of art elements through the visual spectrum, evident in Davis’ painting technique. “He is, in effect painting in a different key than most other painters,” summarizes Shuey.
Davis loves to be out in the woods where he enjoys the abundance of colors from nature and has hiked thousands of miles including a trek on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine when he turned 60. Recently he and his wife moved into a log cabin in western NC.
His wife Cherie is very supportive as she watches him daily enter his studio, which he calls his “battlefield.”
His success comes from his determination to work a tough business finding himself in his studio 10-12 hours a day. His days start out the same with coffee and paintbrush in hand. His inspiration follows suit.
Artful Living Group, 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC will host a reception for James on Thursday, November 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 with wine, beer and appetizers.
His work will be on display for the month of November in the upper room of ALG. Join us in welcoming this award-winning artist. You will never look at color the same way again. xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.