Maria Davis

My feelings and emotions guide my choice of subject, color, and form. My works are often not planned out; they are created in the moment. While inspired by the beauty and serendipity of nature, I have adopted an abstract expressionist style.

I paint what I feel, rather than what I see.

My favorite medium is soft pastel. I love the vibrancy of the colors and the directness of being able to apply pigment directly to a surface, rather than using a paintbrush.

Born and raised near Munich, Germany, I fell in love with the people and mountains of Western North Carolina many years ago. A dairy barn in Canton, which was built by the great-grandfather of my husband, houses my art studio. Its beauty and history inspire me to be creative, but also to stay grounded.