Friday, June 24, 2011

ArtSoup winner Jessica Henry Davis seeks the soul of her subjects

"The Heart Hath Its Own Memories" was chosen as best entry of the Arts Alliance Members Show at ArtSoup.
Jessica Henry Davis
by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
A young mother and two toddlers in repose caught Jessica Henry Davis’ eye last summer.
The local painter transformed that placid scene into the oil painting that won the Elk River Arts Alliance member’s show at the ArtSoup festival last Saturday. 

“I loved the idea of painting them in a field of mist,” said Davis, who spotted the young family in Cloquet, where the woman’s husband was involved in a Voyageurs re-enactment program. “There is so much poetry to it. The blossoms on the tree were a last-minute idea.”

Just at the moment she snapped a photograph, the little boy in the middle lifted his face to look at Davis, much to her delight.
“The Heart Hath It’s Own Memories,” is the title Davis chose for the painting. 

Davis, who grew up on two farms in the Elk River area and lives on one of them with husband Ted and four children aged four to 10, has been a professional artist for 20 years. She feels she may be finding her niche in this genre of painting.

“I have painted all kinds of things. I have found joy in landscapes, still life, horses, and portraits,” said Davis, “and after 20 years, what I love most are painting people — ....More.

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