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Willa Davis

Willa Davis
Born 1944, Detroit,, USA..
Lives and works in Jackson, Michigan,, USA..




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 one since. 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 Earth Goddess). 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. Exhibitions 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