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Artwork by Kathy Davis


Artist in Focus

Art has always been a part of me since drawing with crayons at the kitchen table when my grandfather planted the seed that would one day germinate to my incredible lifelong journey of self-discovery as an artist.

After graduate school, I found a job right back at my old high school teaching art in the same classroom where I had felt insecure about my talent years before. While I loved teaching the many gifted and talented students, I found myself wanting to trade places with them.

I made a secret vow to myself that I would continue to nurture my love for art no matter what happened or what job I had. What I didn’t know was that my artistic path would be such a circuitous one.

When my children were born, I combined my calligraphy skills with some watercolor illustration and began crafting greeting cards for family and friends. What began as a way to save money and send messages to loved ones, actually grew into a full-blown greeting card business.

Within a few decades, Kathy Davis Studios managed a large portfolio of licensing partners, thirty employees, a retail store, and a “sister” non-profit arts center at our corporate headquarters. All those years of hard work culminated in the sale of my company.

The freedom I now have to work with large canvases allows me to explore the energy of abstraction and create something where before there was nothing. I paint to share with others the beauty and joy from the inner and outer world that inspires my art.


Credentials

CREDENTIALS

 

EDUCATION

Master of Art Education - Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Bachelor of Elementary Education - West Chester University, West Chester, PA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

“Abstracts Art Exhibition” - Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery, March 2021

“Calligraphy in Blossom: Workshop Buenos Aries” - Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, Horsham, PA, 2016

“Joy Squared” - Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, Horsham, PA, 2015

“Artist Entrepreneurs” - Montgomery County Community College Gallery, Blue Bell, PA, 2010

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Mastrull, Diane. “25 Years of Success at Greeting Cards, and More.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 21, 2014, Business section.

Gensler, Howard. “Success Was in the Cards: Ex-teacher Combines her Drawings, Verse for a Rewarding Career.” The Philadelphia Inquirer,May 6, 2009, Business section.

 Packham, Jo. “Scatter Joy with Kathy Davis.” Where Women Create,Spring edition 2013, p.10

Packham, Jo. “Seven Simple Secrets to Success.” Where Women Create Business,Winter edition, 2014

Overholdt, Alison. “From English Teacher to Millionaire: Artist & Housewares Tycoon Kathy Davis.” Second Acts, More Magazine, 2009.

Davis, Kathy (Editor / Illustrator). A Mile Walked with a Friend Contains Only a Hundred Steps: Proverbs from Around the World, Vol 2. Great Quotations, 1992.

Davis, Kathy (Editor / Illustrator). The Road to a Friend’s House is Never Long: Proverbs from Around the World. Great Quotations,1991.

Davis, Kathy. Scatter Joy: Living, Giving and Creating a Life You Love. Printed by the author, 2009

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Founder and Chairman, Scatter Joy Center for the Arts: Where Art Makes a Difference, Horsham PA, (2021-2014)

Advisory Board Member, Simply Amazing: Empowering Kids to be Creative, Winter Springs, FL (2021-2020)

Donor / Patron, The Sunshine Foundation, Southampton, PA. (2021-2009)

Board Member, Simply Amazing: Empowering Kids to be Creative, Winter Springs, FL (2020-2018)

Donor/ Patron, National Guild for Community Arts Education (2019-2009)

Donor / Patron - Teen Lounge: Free Art Program for Young Artists, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA (2018)

Moderator and Presenter, “How NOT to be a Starving Artist” - Panel Discussion, Horsham Township Library sponsored by Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, Horsham, PA (2017) 

Donor/ Patron, John Baker Gallery, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, West Chester University, West Chester, PA (2015) 

Distinguished Alumnae Recipient, West Chester University, West Chester, PA (2014)

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND RESIDENCIES

Special Merit Award, “Abstracts Art Exhibition” - Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery, March 2021

Special Recognition Award, “Abstracts Art Exhibition” - Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery, March 2021

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