Jay Davenport has always been interested in and excited by fine art, especially, animals and wildlife. With an encouraging push from his grandfather, he began private instructions at an early age. His enthusiasm and education in arts continued as he later earned an associate degree in Painting and Illustration. His passion for art led him to complete a four-year apprenticeship in Realism and Trompe-l’Oeil.
Jay has participated in many exhibits across the country, some of the awards he has won include, The Bosque Conservatory Silver Medal and numerous awards in Artist Magazine Annual Competition. His passion for art has been illustrated in many publications including 2007 Strokes of Genius, The Best in Drawing. In 2015 Jay won the OPA Animal Award of Excellence, Signature & Associate Division for Keep Your Eye on the Ball.
With his strong foundation in representationalism, Jay’s desire to paint the funny and humorous has materialized in this side of animals and how the different things they do relate to human life. His intention is for the viewer to “step back once in a while and observe and even laugh at ourselves”.
Jay’s work continues to be prevalent as his dedication to the craft reflects the promise of his future. After offering personal instruction in fine art at his studio in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania for many years, Jay now resides in Tijera, New Mexico.