In this artist showcase, we bring you the expressive, characterful work of Drew Davies.
When did your interest in art/creating begin?
Since I was a kid. Painting and making things used to really give me a buzz.
As I got older and had more responsibilities I drifted away from being creative and have just recently got back into it.
What is your starting point for each piece?
I like to watch people, so that is usually where it starts. I’m interested in everyday people, the ones that just go about their business without fanfare. For me, I always see something in them that ignites an idea. I’ll chew that over in my mind for a week or so then start a piece by spreading paint across the surface. I don’t have any preconceived ideas of how they will be represented, I like that to just come through the work as naturally and honestly as possible.
Who/what influences your work?
The process influences my work. It’s a lovely therapy for me.
What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?
A smile would be good and maybe they recognise something of themselves in the work, something honest, a connection to the everyday.
What do you think about the term Outsider Art? Is there a term that you think works better?
I think it’s a very apt description.
What are you working on at the moment?
Three Italian women who walk past my window every morning (very early) who talk really loud. Can’t see it yet but hopefully they will emerge.
Where do you see your work taking you in the future?
I’d like to be able to paint and make enough money to survive frugally but I don’t have very good people skills to be able to push my work, so I’m happy to paint when I can and keep exploring the process.