Biography (art related only)
1967 born Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.
1985 completed high school, Berlin, Maryland, U.S.A.
1985 - 86 Fashion design, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City
1987 life painting and drawing, Chelsea School of Art, London
1997 - 2000 figurative and abstract painting and drawing courses, Sussex
1998 mixed exhibition, Rackham Art Group, Sussex
1999 mixed exhibitions, Rackham Art Group and Chichester Art Society, Sussex
2000 mixed exhibitions, Chichester Art Society and Chichester Life Drawing Group, Sussex
2001 mixed exhibitions, Chichester Life Drawing Group, Sussex’s ‘Big Draw Exhibition’, and Portsmouth Art Centresolo exhibition, Chichester Arts Centre
2002 to present permanent solo artist exhibiting, Palio restaurant, Inverness
2003 mixed exhibitions, Inverness Art Society, Highland Hospice Art Fair, and Tore Art Fair, Inverness-shire
2004 mixed exhibitions, Tore Art Gallery, Inverness Festival, and Highland Hospice Art Fair
2005 mixed exhibitions, Tore Art Gallery and Strathpeffer Pavilion Art Fair
Denise Davis’s paintings and drawings are inspired mainly by the human form and the hills and coastlines that form the magnificent Scottish Highland landscape where she lives and works. Denise has studied the human form and life modelled for over ten years. Her life paintings and drawings are full of movement and change, often with only slight suggestions that the form exists. Her latest life work, however, is more realistic, concentrating on light and dark, and the emergence of the figure from a space. Her landscape work focuses on the vast areas of water, coast, and mountains about her Highland home. Denise’s use of colour is bold and distinct, but constant blending and layering creates a softness and depth. Her most recent series of landscape paintings are inspired by aerial photographs, map studies, and regular hill and coastal walks. Althought the paintings may appear as abstract, they are impressions of observations and personal feelings about the coastlines and contours of the land.