Oil Paintings by Asheville artist Tebbe Davis
“Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain
an artist once we grow up.
Inside the Artist’s Studio with Tebbe Davis
In this post, Mountain Made gallery is happy to share Tebbe’s thoughts and artistic viewpoints as part of our continuing series “Inside the Artist’s Studio.”
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
To be happy.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
At age five I was sketching the scenes of of rooms in our house.
How long does it take you to create one of your pieces?
It depends. Sometimes I can complete a piece in a few hours, other times it can take months because I will sometimes paint over a particular canvas – until I get the painting to look the way I want it to.
What is your schedule like when you are working?
I go out with my dogs at sunrise then paint in the mornings and in the afternoons I do business. After dinner I will sometimes paint again.
What would you say is your interesting quirk while working?
When painting outdoors I smoke cigars and when I’m inside I always have music playing in the background.
Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your artwork?
I am inspired by observations and emotions.
What do you like to do when you are not working on your art?
Work on crossword puzzles, and read history novels. I also like to hike and stroll.
What was one the most surprising things you learned while creating your art?
I found out that I love the smell of turpentine.
How many pieces do you think you have created?
150 to 200 individual pieces. This doesn’t include the pieces I have painted over and started again.
Which pieces are your favorites?
The ones that sell!
How do you decide on which ideas to develop?
Whatever works and keeps me interested. I love scenes of great depth
Do you hear from your fans? What kinds of things do they say?
I have a small group (12 -15) of people, from all across the country who have bought many of my paintings. And they have become close friends over the years.
What do you think makes good art?
placement, perspective, the right color and strong geometry.
Well, we hope we have given you a better understand of Tebbe and his artwork. We now invite you to come see for yourself some Tebbe’s oil paintings at Mountain Made, an art gallery in downtown Asheville.