Andrew Davis is an amateur beekeeper from Staunton, Virginia. His interest in bees began during his stint as a peach picker in Southern California. Times were tough. The dustbowl had ravaged his career as a sharecropper in western Oklahoma and in order to make ends meet for his family, he moved out west where the promise of good paying jobs was plentiful. The peach became a symbol of his desire for a better life during his stay at the labor camps; the American Dream hanging, ripe and juicy, on the branch of opportunity kept his hope alive.
Eventually, a comedic series of events landed him a job working with beehives. It was a migrant job, but he had to do whatever it took to save up money to send back home. He ended up forming an unlikely relationship with the bees. He learned the value of teamwork and sticktoitiveness. The symbiotic relationship evident in that swarming entity empowered him to foster his own relationships with the earth, himself and the people around him.
In an alternate reality:
Andrew Davis is an artist from Staunton, Virginia. His work is an exploration of the visual language of painting and how it communicates, as well as distorts, information. Drawing from a large pool of inspiration, the artist combines various aspects of linguistics, philosophy and science to build his paintings.
Steve draws upon influences and imagery that suggest both structural and fantastic space. Looking to masters, past and present, help guide and inform his own journey, of which he views as a continuing exploration of mental landscapes. Process guides his approach—pulling him along as a willing participant with both planned graphic notes as well as a sense of organic spontaneity. Steve studied fine art with a graphic design concentration and uses a variety of media and techniques—being particularly fond of printmaking. His approach mixes intention with the subconscious, helping to unlock forms and liberate ideas previously unrecognized by his own awareness. He believes that one must remain open in order to grow—in art and as well as in life.
Leo Charre studied fine arts at VCU RIchmond and SMFA Boston. His work is influenced by the Modern Art period- particularly by Expressionism- Schiele and arguably Klimt.
Charre’s artistic philosophy of a finished piece, is that the complete circuit is the artist, the work of art, and the viewer. The artist possibly ending up as the least important element. Therefore a work of art is not just a pretty picture, a technical example, or the ramblings of expression. It is all of these things.
For a tree to fall in the woods and make a noise, it must be heard. For a work of art to be a work of art- it must be seen, touched, possessed- all of these things and none. Everything and nothing.
Charre’s related experiences are in commercial art, the video game industry, and graphic design.
His treatment of oils and acrylic paint entail a mixture of underpainting, knife and brush work- on canvas, wood and paper.
Charre aims to make works relevant to the community and society he lives in.
When Craig was four years old, he remembers his mother introducing him to watercolor; he was instantly fascinated and continued to draw and paint throughout his years in school. In college, Craig majored in graphic design and worked as a designer for a number of years following and until recently.
Today, his work is inspired by retro science fiction, rock posters, old toys, comic books, and graffiti. Craig uses a variety of mediums to conjure forth these vibrant images, including pencil, ink, paint and digital tools.