Sharmon Davidson is a contemporary mixed media artist who uses colorful, dreamlike, nature-inspired imagery to explore her belief in the unity and connectedness of everything in the universe. Natural forms such as birds, plants, seeds, and roots have become personal symbols in her work. Davidson states: “I create art out of a need to express the ideas I feel are most important. Ultimately, I think art is about some type of communication. My inspiration, very simply put, is nature. I’m fascinated by how the universe works – by the visible and invisible connections between all things.”
Her process for these mixed media pieces (Suchness Gallery, Transformations Gallery) usually begins with a multi-layered monotype (monoprint) using transparent printing inks. After the monotype is dry, layers of watercolor, colored pencil, and/or collage elements are added. Currently, she has been working on a series of collages and assemblages (Collage and Book Arts Gallery, Small Collages Gallery), many of which utilize vintage book covers and ephemera as materials. She enjoys recycling these objects by giving them a new life in her work.
Artistic influences include the Surrealists and the Symbolists, as well as the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. She credits a childhood fascination with fairy tale illustrations, however, for her early interest in mystical and fantasy art. Having studied the visual arts extensively at Gable Advertising Art School, Northern Kentucky University, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati, she has exhibited professionally since 1993. Solo show venues include the Frable Gallery at ArtSpace in Richmond, Virginia, and the Miami Valley Cooperative Gallery’s space at the Dayton Convention Center. Her work has been published on magazine and book covers, and been featured in literary and art publications, most recently Woven Tale Press Literary and Fine Arts Journal #5 and Storytelling With Collage: Techniques for Layering, Color, and Texture by Roxanne Evans Stout.
Jobs, careers, and activities have included, at one time or another: graphic designer, full time stay-at-home mom, various types of volunteer work in her children’s school, performing in a professional Middle Eastern dance troupe, and teaching art and special education in the Kentucky public schools. Currently, she lives and works as a contemporary mixed media artist in northern Kentucky. Other interests include gardening, photography, hiking, kayaking, rock and fossil collecting, and building/restoring old log houses.
She is a juried member and is currently represented by the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Gallery in Berea, Kentucky.