We are pleased to have recently introduced Bev Davies and her lively and energetic wildlife paintings to the Collier Dobson portfolio of limited edition prints.
We're sure her work will be a hugely popular addition to our collection, so now is the perfect time to introduce her work and help you get to know the artist herself.
Naturally drawn to depicting both animals and people – or, as she puts it, “anything with faces” - Shropshire based Bev Davies' style is free and distinctive, capturing the feelings and emotions of her subjects perfectly.
To create her expressive and characterful compositions, she uses a limited palette of earthy natural hues, and a combination of watercolour with Pen and Ink applied with spontaneous and lively strokes.
She says: "I enjoy the challenge of interpreting new subjects with my emerging and evolving style and palette of techniques. I am on a never-ending journey to find new ways to innovate and add extra depth to my work".
She studied at Wrexham art college over 35 years ago, which led to her studying a BA in 3D Glass Design. Upon graduation, she pursued a career in glass as a self employed artist, later combining her skills with that of her husband (also a glass artist) to open their own glass studio business, specialising in contemporary lighting and installations.
Accomplished as her work is, Bev actually only began painting again very recently. “I never had the confidence or the opportunity to step off my career path to start painting again. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.”
In February of 2020, Bev had to begin immunosuppressive biological treatment for ulcerative colitis. With the Covid-19 pandemic emerging, she was advised to stay at home and shield herself in order to protect her health.
In a bid to counter the difficulties of ill-health and enforced confinement, she took this as an opportunity to start painting again.
During that time, she created a collection of pictures depicting herself as a Goldfish - the Goldfish representing how she was feeling during her time shielding, and illustrating her "feelings of isolation and loneliness.”
With renewed positivity and looking forward to the future, despite the difficulties of 2020, Bev says that the year also gave us so much - "our incredible NHS...Community Spirit...love and compassion and finally a Vaccine. I discovered my creativity in 2020 after hiding it for 30 years”.
Browse and buy from Bev's exciting collection of limited editions prints on our website.