Lesley Beth Davis
Inspired by the majestic skies of my adopted hometown, Las Vegas, Nevada, I strive to capture the brilliant colors and movements that float across the horizon. The beauty and vibrant hues found in the myriad of flowers is also a major source of inspiration for my work.
Previously a more realistic style painter, I now concentrate on the abstract where a stray flower petal, the partial curve of a leaf, or just the suggestion of a graceful stem may appear in a painting of a flower. Other lyrical subjects embody the whimsical and are meant to assist the viewer in embracing happiness in life. To create such a joyful image through the juxtaposition of jewel-toned hues and soothing background shades provides me with a motivating and fulfilling challenge.
When working with the idea of a structure, I will block in general shapes on the canvas. Color and texture is then added. I will often begin a painting with just a particular color palette in mind. In this case my brush is led by the emotions of the day. I work in oil with different add-ins for texture such as sand, marble dust and gold leafing.
I always paint to music – from Classical to Jazz to Old School. Watch out when it’s Old School day…some pretty “funky” pieces have come out of those sessions!
Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I enjoyed a 35-year career in accounting and computer software configuration while painting only part time. I know have the pleasure of expressing my passion full time. My work has been shown in local galleries and exhibitions. I also paint on commission.