Michael Davis is a watercolor realist inspired by the beauty and timelessness of the southern landscape. His passion for nature is reflected in his many paintings of the southeast from the mountains of Tennessee and North Georgia to the Gulf Coast.
Although he began painting in oils when he was young, he quickly developed a love for the beauty and detail he could capture with watercolor. Influenced by the works of Hubert Shuptrine, John Carlson and Wayne Spradley, Michael has spent his entire career developing his unique style of realism with watercolor. While Michael remains primarily a watercolor realist his current works in acrylic offer a new dimension to his artistic vision.
He has been accepted into numerous juried art shows and exhibitions. In 2012 his Realism in Watercolor Solo Exhibit was featured at the Hardin Cultural Arts Center in Gadsden, Alabama and the Leeds Arts Council Gallery in Leeds, Alabama. He was a participant in the 2012 Energen Art Competition in which his painting “Autumn on the Bayou” was purchased for their permanent collection. Recently his works have been juried into the 2013 Energen Art Competition, the Alabama Wildlife Federation Fine Art Competition and the 54th Annual GAA Fine Art Exhibition at the Gadsden Museum of Art. Solo Exhibits for 2013 included the Art Gallery at Hoover City Hall in July and August as well as Amicalola Falls State Park in the fall as part of their Visiting Artist Series, and a Solo Exhibit at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham in December 2013. He will be the featured artist at the Rosenzweig Art Center in Columbus, MS in July 2014 and will return to Amicalola Falls with a Solo Exhibit in October 2014.
Among his many awards are Best in Show in the 2012 Eufaula Art Show, Hoover Arts Alliance Award at Art in the Gardens 2011, Hannah LeMaster Watercolor Award in Arts Alive 2011, Best of Show in Painting at the 2011 Fountain City Arts Fest, First Place Watercolor in the 2010 Hoover Shelby Art Association Show and Best of Show in the 2009 Vestavia Art Association Show. Michael is a member of the Mountain Brook Art Association, the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association and the Over the Mountain Plein Air Painters of Birmingham. His paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the South.