Artistic Process

My artwork is an extension of an automotive enthusiast lifestyle that includes a passion for motor racing and an appreciation for beautiful automotive design. My experience with the allure of the racing world began as a young man in the early 60’s. From that point onward my passion for the world of motor sports has grown to become both my recreation and my occupation. This journey has also led me down a creative path to develop the artistic skills needed to portray the excitement involved in motor sport.

Technique

Greg Davis in his Westline, PA studio.Most of my current offerings are pen & inks and some watercolors. I have always been attracted to the black and white photography that was ubiquitous in early motor racing magazines and books. The simple grey tones of these photos have a built-in nostalgia that seems to portray these earlier days more appropriately to me than color photography does. The intent of my monochrome interpretations is to try to capture the ambiance of this period. The ambition of these images is to try to convey some of the grit, romance and danger that was associated with the sport then.

As far as the technical aspect of my work, I am currently concentrating in the watercolor, gouache and ink mediums. I tend to use the watercolors in a tight, layered and controlled fashion to accurately capture the image, while still striving to maintain the luminous quality of the medium. The pen & ink washes have a similar style, but have to be worked quickly before the ink dries – once this happens, the tone and wash is permanently set. Because of this characteristic, working with this medium can be somewhat exciting and produce an adrenaline rush not generally associated with other types of art media. I am also testing the waters with future works in other mediums such as oils and acrylics.

Production

My current original works are all done on archival grade hot and cold pressed papers with weights ranging from 140 – 300 lbs. For my canvas and print reproductions, I employ a firm that uses a state of the art digital printer using dyes for pigmentation. Heavy stock, acid free paper is used. Archival life using these materials is estimated at 75 years-plus. Also, this technology accurately captures the fine gradations and tones of my pen & ink washes. All mounting materials used when matting or framing original pieces are also of archival quality.

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