Carol Davison - the artistic journey where the exotic east meets west
The daughter of a farmer, Carol Davison has always been close to nature and maintains a simple and yet soulful affinity with plants and animals. From the age of eight she made her first contact with paint, quickly taking hold of this medium that allowed her to develop the shapes and colours she required to recreate her daily visual world on paper, which became a real passion for her. Davison took lessons in painting for many years, working closely with the artist Paul Strangroom, a teacher who has influenced her greatly. It was only natural that she would focus her attention towards animals, using the watercolour to capture the peculiarities of each.
Although her father used to tell her “a true Northumbrian doesn't travel”, Davison's curiosity pushed her towards adventure, to discover new horizons including two visits to the North of India, specifically the foothills of the Himalayas, which proved to be a revelation to her. She was immediately struck by the warmth of the people and attracted by panoramas of colourful clothes, jewellery and the fascinating light. Spontaneously, Davison began to take pictures of people going about there daily work and life. She also took the opportunity to participate at Gaddi weddings and a Pūjā (ritual prayer).
This culture was very different from anything Davison had ever experienced or imagined back home in her native village and she was profoundly influenced by it. Since returning to Northumberland she continues to feed on these experiences and encounters. With an almost infinite patience, she looks at pictures and paints her works with the slow pace imposed by the process of oil painting; she transcribes the light, heat and especially the looks of the people she met in that distant country with an intimacy and clarity as if she were still there living amongst them .