About Art Davis

Growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Art was a youngster during World War II and did what most children his age did: walk to school, learn how to stretch a dollar, collect newspapers-rubber-scrap metal to help the war effort, play ‘til dark, and hope there were some coins left for the soda fountain or picture show. During high school, it wasn’t unusual for a few carloads of friends to dress up and drive to The Peabody Hotel in Memphis to dance in front of a live orchestra.

Art’s path to a college education was through athletics where he became an accomplished football player at Mississippi State. He was named the SEC “Player of the Year” in 1954, All America in 1955, and he was the 5th overall pick in the 1956 NFL Draft. After a knee injury ended his playing career as a rookie in Pittsburgh, memorable coaching stops at LSU, Georgia Tech, and Texas (1963 National Champions) soon followed. Later, Art headed the development office at Mississippi State for 13 years and then spent almost two decades in banking and public relations back home in Clarksdale.

It was in the 1970s when Art took his first art lessons and learned to paint with oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Eventually, he found his niche with simple, rustic landscapes in watercolor and has produced over 500 paintings to date. Remarkably, Art is also colorblind.

Since retiring to Oregon in 2001, the bulk of Art’s paintings include hillside hamlets, fishing villages, lighthouses, barns, churches, and Christmas scenes. Now in his mid-80s (and after years of friendly prodding), Art has finally decided to offer prints of many of his favorite paintings for the public to enjoy.

Forever the “Southern Gentleman”, Art is known far and wide for his gracious charm and warm interest in other people. In turn, perhaps you’ll be interested in “Art’s art” and add one or more pieces to your collection. That goes for your friends, too. We think y’all will love ‘em!