We had the good fortune of connecting with shay davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi shay, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I have done many things in life and have had many different paths throughout life but the only true love is making art, which is an everyday thing now.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel excited that my work is very unique and transcendent. Almost every famous artist that has ever lived has been a game-changer . I mean game-changer by they all have done a style no one had seen before. I have tried to emulate that for the last 20 plus years on this journey. This is what separates me from almost all other artists. I got to this place on the journey by trying everything in the book to make money off the arts. Murals, logos, portraits, etc it goes on and on. You just need to mesh in with the times and that’s social media now. It’s where I make all my money, especially through the covid deal. I want the world to know im here to stay and will continue to make the best and most creative art I can for many years to come.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first stop would be the Cruz room downtown such a great atmosphere and awesome food. next would be Joses oh sheas for some more amazing food and margs. That night would be watching Jim Gaffigan before bed. the next day would be a studio tour and paint session. that night would consist of me making my famous burgers. lots of storytelling. the next day would be vail riding all day and a nice hot tub session with the ladies that night after happy hour. The next and final stop is the steamboat backcountry. Cat trip 3 days of untracked powder and it’s a wrap.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to thank my mom first and foremost for never doubting my abilities and pushing me to do whatever I wanted especially to be an artist. Next, I would like to thank Ray Knaub my high school art teacher. Ray was the first one who taught me technique, color theory, and composition. this made my love for arts grow in a way that was letting you know how many levels there are in art and how fun and challenging it can be. Next, I would like to thank all my sports teamates through high school and college that showed me that you have to put in 100 percent every day to excel in anything that you do and that it takes time just like wine and that things can eventually be very blissful. I definitely have to thank all my friends who have liked the path I have chosen and let me know with their support. Many have purchased works over the 25 years of this journey and I can’t appreciate them enough. Lastly, all the collectors and galleries who have believed in my skills to put me in their sights over this long journey, they are the ones who have kept this dream alive for so long.