Brian Davis grew up in the west Texas town of San Angelo and moved to Dallas when he was 21 years old. As a child he found himself more interested in nature shows than other programing that children of his age watched. At an early age, he realized he was surrounded by wildlife within the city and spent hours outside observing their behavior. He was fascinated by the birds, snakes, ants, lizards, toads, bugs, raccoons, squirrels and opossums in his backyard.
After growing up, moving to Dallas, graduating college with a business degree, and working indoors in office buildings for 11 years, he realized this was not his passion. Brian loves living in Dallas however it seemed void of the wildlife that once sprawled throughout Texas. But, living near White Rock Lake, Brian began noticing the teeming wildlife within what he called the “Concrete City” of Dallas.
His break from the day to day computer work came when his company moved to Birmingham, AL. He decided he was not going to work in an office any longer and fulfill his need to express himself and create. He began painting for many hours, as he did on occasion to decorate his own walls, until his natural passion for animals started showing itself in his works. He started listening to the natural world around him and he noticed how the wildlife at White Rock Lake interacted with the city encroaching on them. This gave birth to his current series.
In one week he saw and watched 5 coyotes at the lake, so he painted that experience. One day he walked outside his house and the backyard trees were covered with cardinals. The next covered in grackles. On another day, red-tail hawks were in the trees and continue to fly low over his house. He started to notice again the wildlife is all around him; there were owls, rabbits, dragonflies and many more.
Drawing from nature, Brian Davis evokes the anxieties and beauty of wild animals caught in cultivated environments while infusing the wonder of our human experience when encountering these creatures. Davis builds his canvas with mixed media, layering strips of paper to create his animal depictions and painting on the subtle tones. Brian creates his paintings by manipulating the paint with his hands, no brushes.