My work lies at the intersections of many styles and disciplines: between east and west, classicism and modernism, photography and painting, and the new technologies of the digital era blended with the handcraft traditions of the artisan.

A great deal of thought goes into my work. I try to evoke a sense of serenity, wholeness, and wonder. My work can be experienced and enjoyed simply and organically for its structure and beauty. Sometimes I am also asking those experiencing my images to have the patience to contemplate–and perhaps even to resolve a visual puzzle.

Mountains on the Beach by Harold Davis
Mountains on the Beach © Harold Davis

My work uses the latest technologies and also harkens back to classical traditions, including botanical art, Impressionist painting, and Asian art. I work hard to create meticulously hand-crafted prints from my imagery. Some of my printing substrates are newly derived, such as pearlized metallic substrate, and others are ages old and steeped in history, such as the Kozo washi I use.

I have been delighted to find that I can combine my love of painting with my love of photography. My work often starts with multiple digital photographic exposures and then proceeds with digital painting on the computer. I take great pleasure in experimentation while using original, cutting-edge technologies. I was trained as a classical photographer and painter, but I now use advanced digital capture techniques that allow me to extend the range of visual information beyond what the eye can normally see.

I believe that advances in the technology and craft of digital photography have created an entirely new medium. My years of contemplation have opened my eyes and my heart, and taught me to see more deeply. I use this alchemy of wonder to combine the traditions of painting and photography with new technology.

Tulip Pano © Harold Davis

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