William R. Davis
William R. Davis was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1952 and grew up on Cape Cod. He is a self-taught artist who spent the early part of his career as an art dealer and collector of 19th-century American works. Inspired by the artists he was collecting, he began painting full time. In 1983 he started exhibiting his work in solo and group shows across the country. Davis has a deep admiration for several of the 19th-century American Luminist painters. He continues to use many of the techniques, color, and tonalities traditionally used by these painters to realize his own personal vision.
Over the course of his career, Davis became enamored with plein air painting, partly influenced by his friendship with artists Joseph McGurl and Donald Demers, with whom he painted in various New England and West Coast locations. Since then, Davis has enjoyed a national reputation as a preeminent contemporary marine artist. His work has been featured in books and in well-regarded publications, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Davis is represented by Chapman Gallery (Cotuit, MA), The Christina Gallery (Edgartown, MA), Collins Galleries (Orleans, MA), The Guild of Boston Artists (Boston), Hackler Fine Art (Milford, NH), The Maritime Art Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT), and Quidley & Company (Nantucket, MA; Naples, FL; and Westport, CT).