Joan élan Davis
Joan élan Davis works from tiny elements taken directly from nature, studying the patterns inside a plant, a seed or the surface of a stone and expands the line, shape and form of the object to grand proportions. Patterns that arise in nature are simplified into a single line or shape in Davis' work and placed in a rainbow of color that creates an environment rich with energy and depth. Through Davis' expressive natural notation, the plant, shell or flora is left behind and an imaginative, timeless image is recorded.
Joan élan Davis is an established artist with over thirty national museum and gallery exhibitions and numerous solo exhibitions. Her paintings have been included in good company with artists such as Bartlett, Cassat, Krasner, Matisse and Tamayo to name a few. In addition, her paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Davis has been commissioned for hotel and restaurant projects, exclusive private residences, fundraising efforts and auctions.
Formally trained in New York and Connecticut, Davis now resides in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe where her surroundings provide inspiration for many of her varying series. Her abstract process includes using cardboard and floor work and her more defined floral pieces include layers of charcoal and graphite drawing intermixed with colorful glazes of paint.
Joan élan Davis currently shows in NYC, LA, Palm Desert, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco as well as internationally. She works out of two private studios in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco and exhibits at her own 3000 square foot exclusive art showroom at the San Francisco Design Center. No matter the style or series, each and every painting by Joan élan Davis pleasantly evokes a timeless sense of elan and joy of life.
Gregory Gibboney is a self-taught artist and designer who has been living and working at North Lake Tahoe for thirty years. He has professional experience in a variety of commercial arts disciplines including graphic design, illustration, architectural drawing and design, screen printing and sign painting, all of which influence his work as a fine artist.
After painting and drawing for most of his life, Gregory began to concentrate seriously on painting in 1998 and began showing publicly in 1999. Immediate acceptance into several group exhibitions led to a handful of solo showings and a respectable list of collectors, both private and corporate, throughout the United States.
Gregory’s work has been shown by the SFMOMA Artists Gallery for over ten years. He has been featured at galleries in northen California and northern Nevada and was honored to be part of a group show at the Nevada Museum of Art. He was also one of the first mixed-media painters to be accepted to the prestigious Sausalito Art Festival.
Through experimentation with new materials and compositional techniques, his work continues to evolve. The subject matter that holds Gregory’s interest is ever changing, although he is always drawn back to the landscape (living in the High Sierra will do that). He feels fotunate that after all these years, he continues to learn, continues to be challenged and continues to find enjoyment in the process.
Image: April - Gregory Gibboney