Paul Davis

Artist Statement

“The landscape here is so grand that it has taken me some time to express it in a way that seems my own. I’ve become fascinated by the surfaces of cliff walls and by what I see on the ground on my daily hikes. Erosion, decay, stains, varnishes, lichens, volumes, cracks, contrasted by freshly exposed planes, all modulated by light, wind, water, weather and time are incredibly beautiful and inspiring for a painter. Leonardo suggested that artists should study old walls to stimulate the imagination. In one way or another I have been doing that for years. For me the cliff walls represent an event which is perfectly balanced in the moment. When I look at them I can’t tell the difference between a thing being created and a thing being destroyed. ”