Willa DavisWilla Davis
I am a visual person, and so I will try to be brief
with the words.
I asked for my first camera at the age of nine.
Purchased my first camera at the age of nineteen—haven’t been without
Took drawing and painting courses at Eastern Michigan University, and
the University of Michigan.
Served my graphic art apprenticeship at a number of in-house studios in
Chicago, IL, and Ann Arbor, MI. Worked as a designer in Ann Arbor,
Miami, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay area.
Lived and traveled on a small sailboat for three years, photographing
the ocean, sky, the foreign ports and people we visited: the Bahamas,
Haiti; the Azores, Portugal, Morocco, and others. This was a wondrous
experience of living in the vast openness of sea and sky. I had, and
have not since, felt more in touch and connected to Nature (Gaia, the
I now live in Jackson, Michigan, where I continue to work as a graphic
designer/small-format photographer — and pursue my love of photography
as an art form.
2007: The River Gallery, Chelsea, MI
Summer Group Show
2007: Denver International Airport Invitational Exhibition
Sponsored by The Center for Fine Art Photography
(Image selected: Lunar Magic)
2006: Art634, Jackson, Michigan
Invited to show in the “Winds of Change” Group Exhibition
Curated by Steven Sayles
2006: The Chelsea Art Museum, NY, NY.
Invited to show in the, “It’s Not a Photo” Exhibition
Curated by Manon Slome and Julia Draganovic
(Mandalas selected: Dome of the Green Cathedral and The Great Hall)
2005: The River Gallery, Chelsea, MI
Great Lakes Region Juried Exhibition
Juror: Sean Ulmer, University of Michigan Art Museum,
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
(Mandala selected: Dome of the Green Cathedral)
2004: First International Invitational Photo Exhibition
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO
Juror: Mary Virginia Swanson
(Mandala selected: Ode to a Locomotive)
2003: Pierre Paul Gallery Solo Exhibition
Ann Arbor, Michigan
First exhibition of the Gaia Mandalas