A collaboration of artistic minds showing at Amavida

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM.

She met Davis and they became friends about 15 years ago.

"I'm excited that my work is on display and hope that people will like the photographs featuring this beautiful part of Florida. I'm also very honored by the opportunity to partner with Melissa in the exhibit. She is a wonderful friend and a huge source of support, encouragement and inspiration," said Conley.

This is Davis' second exhibit at Amavida. She was invited to do a solo exhibit there last year, and she has exhibited her work at galleries in Seaside. She has 15 pieces hanging at Amavida, all done in encaustics. This is her first showing in that medium.

"It's the oldest form of painting using oil in beeswax," she explains.

Davis said she has been an artist her whole life, as she grew up in an artistic family. However, it was after the birth of her daughter 15 years ago that she began to pursue it.

When she picked up the paintbrush 15 years ago, Davis gravitated toward oils, which was her medium of choice for a long time.

However, she never forgot seeing an encaustic painting in Seattle 10 years ago and made a mental note that she wanted to learn to do that.

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