Members and Friends 2018 award

Members and Friends 2018 award

Still Life with Bottles, a 16”x16” work in oil and cold wax on cradled panel, received the Painting Award in the Members and Friends 2018 exhibition at the Galesburg Civic Art Center.

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Illinois at 200

Friendly Conversation, a painting in oil and cold wax, was among works by 44 Illinois artists selected from a field of about 350 entries for the Illinois at 200 exhibition to be held at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Dates for the show are June 18 - August 8. Artists Reception: Thursday, June 21, 5:30–7:30 p.m.; opening remarks by Lisa Costello, Director, Giertz Gallery and Kelly White, Director, 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council;

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"All About Color - Abstractions in Oil and Wax"

November, 2016 saw a show of the artist's works at Beréskin Gallery in Davenport, Iowa. The exhibition was combined with a one day workshop on oil and cold wax technique. Gallery owner, Pat Beréskin, along with the other fine artists in the gallery stable went out of their way to make the event a success.

November, 2016 saw a show of the artist's works at Beréskin Gallery in Davenport, Iowa. The exhibition was combined with a one day workshop on oil and cold wax technique. Gallery owner, Pat Beréskin, along with the other fine artists in the gallery stable went out of their way to make the event a success.

Iowa Hall Gallery - Kirkwood Community College


Here are 2 of the 9 works purchased by the college during this exbibition in October of 2014. I am more than a little tardy in using this venue to thank both Greta Songe and Arbe Baresis from the Kirkwood art faculty for making this wonderful experience possible.

The Canson Excellence in Arts Award


The oil on canvas, Abstract Seated Figure, has been chosen for the Canson Excellence in Arts Award at the 79th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition on display until August 15 at the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, New York.

Stewart & Davis Exhibition at River Arts Center, Clinton, Iowa


Clinton natives set to showcase art at center


LJD with Carrie Donaire, Clinton’s Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau. Both Carrie and Larry are former Student Body Presidents of Clinton High School, only one is much older if not wiser. You can guess who is the older one.

Carrie is the daughter of friend and fellow high school classmate, Steven Mayer and his wife Kit.


(transcribed from the Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa, March 8, 2014)

Clinton natives set to showcase art at center .

Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON —— For Artists Debora Stewart, of Clinton, and Larry Davis, of Knoxville, I11., abstract paintings are their preferred medium for showing the world around them.  “I can draw very realistically,” Debora said. “I just don’t want to.”
Growing up in Clinton, Debora used to sit with her mother at the diningroom table and draw. Throughout the years,she drew a lot of portraits, especially the Beatles when she was young. Eventually, she became fascinated with abstract art and was drawn to the style.
Debora still lives in Clinton with her husband, Doug. Until recently, she worked as a ‘counselor and art teacher in the Camanche school system. Her
art can be viewed at
Just like Debora, Larry grew up in Clinton with a love and talent for art. Before moving away from Clinton to Florida in 1985, he taught art at
Clinton High School and Clinton Community College. Larry and his wife, Jacquelyn, also ran a gallery and frame shop in Clinton at one time. ‘
“It’s fun to come back to Clinton after all these years,” Larry said. His art can be viewed at
Larry and Debora’s work will hang together at the River Arts Center, 229 Fifth Ave. South, until April 27. A reception for the two artists will be
held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The two friends are excited to be in a show together.
Both artists said people seem to think abstract art is easier than it really is. Larry said that “breaking up that eternal rectangle” can be difficult.
While he has spent much of his career realistically representing objects, such as an apple, he has found he enjoys an abstract take on it much more.
“It’s equally fun to explore just the colors, textures, shapes that all organic things share,” Davis said.
Both agree that some planning does go into their works, even if those plans may change. Larry considers exactly what .colors to use and how they are affected by other colors placed by them. He will often use opposite or complementary colors in his work to make them pop.
“Sometimes a good piece is the result of 10 pieces before it that didn’t work very well,” Debora said.  She often bases her work on real objects or
vacations she has taken. Some of her pieces are even influenced by previous work. “I think even the things that I drew realistically at one time, some of those
same lines and shapes come through in
abstract,” Debora said.

(Photographs courtesy of Patricia Bird

2013 Illinois State Fair Award

An acrylic and charcoal work entitled Abstract Presence has been given second prize for Drawing and Graphics in the Professional Art Exhibits of the recently completed 2013 Illinois State Fair.

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

Davis Studio Has Moved Location!

As of November 2012, Davis Studios has moved to a new home in Knoxville, Illinois. With my retirement from teaching in 2010 and after 26 rewarding years in Jacksonville, Florida, the time seemed right to explore a new location. Being closer to family and familiar regions in the Midwest were strong incentives, along with the chance to enjoy the full range of seasons. We look forward to maintaining the treasured friendships and connections in Jacksonville’s arts community, while exploring exciting new opportunities here in the heartland.


Notes & Strokes

From May 27-29, as part of this year’s Jacksonville Jazz festival, Southlight Gallery hosted “Notes & Strokes, which paired gallery artists with various musicians. This shot taken by Jacksonville artist Jamie Childers shows Larry Jon Davis doing an ink wash drawing of the ensemble Mark Williams & Bluedog. The resulting works by Southlight Gallery participants will be on display for bidding through the following week.


A Brush With Nature

From April 7-9 the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens (located just east of Florida 9A near the Monument Road exit) played host to “A Brush with Nature.” The 3 day event enabled an inspired group of local and regional plein air painters to record their favorite views from this marvelous 120 acre floral/arboreal treasure. This photo along the banks of Jones Creek taken by Arboretum Executive Director, Carlton Higginbotham, shows Larry Jon Davis at work on an oil painting entitled “Paradise Found.”

The splendidly organized paint-out resulted from months of planning by Arboretum members and volunteers. This coordination apparently even provided for 3 consecutive days of perfect North Florida spring weather. Participating artists benefited from over a dozen distinct eco-systems contained in this picturesque landscape resource. After the initial day’s work the group of at least 37 painters were treated to a festive artists’ dinner at the Arlington, river front residence of Melody and David Schacter. “A Brush with Nature” hospitality continued to the end of the event with Sunday evening’s Gala Reception and Sale staged at Riverplace Tower.


MOCA Features “Looking Forward/Looking Back”

Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting part of the Looking Forward/Looking Back exhibit through July 11. Here are three shots of a Davis “Earthscape” entitled Eternal Cycle Diptych. The two detail images show the mixed-media collage approach favored by the artist for many of the works in this ongoing series.