continued The central theme of Davis’s work is the calming effect of water, she said.
“I grew up on the [Seneca] river in Baldwinsville. One of my bedroom windows looked out onto the river and the other looked out onto a bog where this big Blue Heron lived. That river life was unbelievable beautiful and calming,” she said. “It was soul quenching, really.”
It was that calming influence of water, as well as her strong Christian faith, that helped Davis endure many trying times throughout her life, she said. That mystery, beauty and fluidity of water inspires her every day — and it is an inspiration that comes through in all her work, she said.
She started with a heavily impressionistic influence on her work, especially from the work of Claude Monet, and has been turning more towards the “expressionistic” style of painting, or a turning away from realism to having “a little more freedom” in her creations, she said.
Davis has been exhibiting her work around New York state, and last year had a one-woman exhibit at a gallery in Greenport, Long Island.
Davis’s art has been on exhibit in Common Grounds for the past month, and will remain on display through the month of October. The paintings — acrylic on canvas — are for sale as both original paintings and limited edition prints on canvas.
For more information on Davis and to view more of her work, visit her website at lisatorche.com.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at email@example.com.