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Biography Summary 

Mr. Davidson, an architect in private practice for over forty years, expanded his interest in the arts when his office became fully computerized creating an absence of “hands on” graphic expression. The result has been his producing black and white sketches and watercolor paintings.

He started painting with water-based media in 2000.  His work includes landscapes, architectural subjects, flowers, portraits and, increasingly, abstracts Mr. Davidson refers to as “fractured realism”.

Mr. Davidson uses transparent and staining paints on “hot” and “cold” pressed papers of all sizes.  He prefers to paint “plein aire” but, more often than not, works from sketches and photos in his home studio.

Mr. Davidson has had works selected for exhibit by the California Watercolor Association (CWA) State Show of 2005 in Sacramento Ca.; CWA Mt. Diablo Hospital Show of 2007 in Walnut Creek, Ca.; CWA Art Concepts Show of 2008 in Walnut reek, Ca.; the CWA for its 42nd Annual National Exhibit of 2011 at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, Ca.; the 2012 Natoma Gallery Show in Folsom, Ca. (Honorable Mention Award), the CWA Hayward LIbrary Show of 2013, the 2013 Invitational Art Show hosted by the Dahlin Group in Dublin, CA, the CWA 44th National Exhibition in 2014, the CWA 46th National Exhibition in 2016, and the 49th, 50th and 51st CWA National Exhibitions in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

​His black and white sketches are executed in pencil, pen and ink, as well as charcoal.  Many of these early on site drawings are from “back pack” outings and other trips.  These sketches often are the inspiration for subsequent watercolor paintings.


He and Sallie Sadler co-hosted an exhibit  entitled "Oil & Water" at the Piedmont Center for the Arts in Piedmont, CA during the month of May 2013.

Just prior to and during the two years plus of the COVID Pandemic, Mr. Davidson creatively started to "Paint Music". These abstracts are his interpretations of the rhythm, color and texture of jazz.

Mr. Davidson has been awarded Master Signature status in the California Watercolor Association (CWA).


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