Art Davis is a composer, playwright, director, and watercolor artist living in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin.
His music reflects a wide range of musical experiences, from solo piano/guitar to folk to orchestral minimalism to ambient electronica to jazz – an open invitation to daydream. Early in his career Art was involved in theater. Acting, writing, composing, directing, and producing plays became his creative focus. He worked primarily with The Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas and with the Tongue and Groove Theatre in Austin, Texas. He founded the Token Mime Theatre in Denton, Texas producing pantomime plays and offering classes in the art of pantomime.
In 2022 Art stopped composing and playing music due to arthritis in his hands. He has moved on to reinvent himself as a watercolor artist. His focus is interpreting landscapes in watercolor.
Art comes from a long lineage of musicians and composers. His grandfather was a conductor and composer of concert band and orchestral music. Art began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 16 in his father’s Jazz Big Band, The Art Davis Orchestra. Boyhood memories of seeing his father at his small desk with drying parts scattered on the floor, pen in hand fueled his interest in music and composition.
Art holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from North Texas State University focusing on Analog Electronic Music and Intermedia studying with Larry Austin. He continued his studies in the graduate program as a teaching assistant to Phil Winsor and taught the Graduate Seminar in Computer Music.
Art has made a living as a pipe organ builder’s apprentice, technical theatre director, theatre producer, computer system’s integrator, and IT Architecture Manager.
Art is a self-taught landscape watercolorist. He was introduced to painting by his grandmother. She informally taught him the basics of painting in oil while they spent time in the summer painting together. He ended up being totally engrossed in music and it wasn’t until decades later that he picked up the brush in earnest and began to study the craft. His passion is landscapes interpreted in watercolor.
Check out the Music menu item to listen to some of his music.
As a writer Art has written plays, poetry, lyrics, librettos, and short fiction. Check out the Writing menu item to read some of his work.