YabYum Seven: Turner G. Davis

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1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Turner G. Davis. I’m an artist currently living in Phoenix, Arizona. I also teach drawing and painting and have three beautiful, edgy kids.

2. How did you get your start?

I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I grew up in an arts community called Rancho Linda Vista. My mother taught art for many years and my father was faculty at the University of Arizona Art Department and a renown artist in his own right. I guess art making is in my genes. Anyway, I’ve been exhibiting ever since completing graduate school.
3. What inspires you?

I am inspired by emotional resonance. That means for me that I like when images ring somehow “true” or equivalent to what I know or have felt. I am inspired by longing. I am inspired by courageous people and kindness. I am inspired by play and humour. I am inspired by my kid’s wide eyed wonderment.

turner g. davis 024. What do you like about AZ?

I like the desert. I like the depth and space and vastness of the landscape. I like being close to Mexico and how important this proximity is to our way of life and the interweaving of traditions and ideas.
5. Where can we see you(r) work?

You can see my work at Eye Lounge Artist Collective on Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix (opening March 20, 2015). Also you can see my work at Willo North Gallery on Thomas and 7th Avenue (opening April 3, 2015) or just check out my website.
6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I’d like to have a major museum show in New York City and also have all my book projects published and run an ultramarathon.
7. What is your mantra?

My mantra in painting is that “mistakes” and wandering off the path a bit in the artistic sense and getting lost STILL, ultimately, enhance the work. The piece is enriched by my blunderings! This is kind of a metaphor for life in general. Mistakes and failed experiments may be part of how we grow.


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