Heather Davis

 Archaeology and Art are intertwined for me. I once spent my days creating precise illustrations of detailed artifacts for archives or digging artifacts out of the ground. By night I was covered in oil paint or clay slip. I’ve examined the nature of art and the diffusion of creative ideas; I’ve painted the undulating walls of a lava tube or the shape of a rock on canvas to release the details.

Art is in everything that is around us. It is in the chair we sit in, the pots we cook with, the toothbrush, the lamp. Creativity has been part of human life since the beginning of consciousness; it exists in utilitarian objects as well as sacred. 

They say that all abstraction comes from something. But the moment an ‘Idea’ reveals itself to a person, it begins as an abstract thought until they make the item- until they make what will one day be an artifact. Abstraction is a necessary for reality to form. Abstraction is the question, Reality is often the answer. But when Abstraction remains, it causes us to look a bit deeper into our own psyche- an often uncomfortable moment.

Whether I am sculpting in clay, silversmithing, painting, or creating collage, my work is full of hints of nature, history and our humanity. I often zoom in on a detail often missed- the bubbles forming in foam around a rock in a stream or the inside of a wave.
 One need not paint the whole ocean to see the wave just as one need not paint the forest to know one is among the trees.



New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists                  http://www.nmpotters.org/
Mimbres Region Arts Council                             https://www.mimbresarts.org/
Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail              http://www.claytrail.org/       https://www.silvercityacd.org/



allery representation: 

Wild West Weaving, Silver City NM                http://www.wildwestweaving.com/


RAIN Magazine 2017; Collage, Short Story

The Salal Review 2017; Collage, Monoprint                        http://www.salalreview.com/volume-17.html

The Salal Review 2016; Cover Image, Interior Image        http://lcc.ctc.edu/info/webresources2/ArtsAndEntertainment/Salal/2016Salal_web.pdf

RAIN Magazine 2015; Poetry

RAIN Magazine 2012; Poetry and Images


Finalist, Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers 2017   

studio tours:

2015~ Astoria Society of Artists Studio Tours


one woman shows:

2012~ Under the Trees: Multimedia Collage on Canvas. One Woman Show, Street 14 Coffee, Astoria OR

2010~  Photography of the forgotten hippie communes. One woman Show,  las Vegas New Mexico

2009~ Desert and Plains, Photography on the Edge of the Rockies. One woman show, Las Vegas New Mexico 

2008~  Water, Ice and Mist. One woman show, Las Vegas New Mexico

group shows: 

2019~ Our Place In Space (OPIS), during The Las Cruces Space Festival's exhibit by the European Space Agency    ESA/HUBBLE

2018~ Southwest New Mexico Clay Trail Fall Showcase, Old and New Favorites Silver City, NM               Fall Showcase Brochure

2018~ Southwest New Mexico Clay Trail Spring Showcase, Silver City, NM

2017~Manzano Mountain Arts Council: 22 Years of Enchantment Juried Art SHow, Mountainair NM 

2012~ Trail's End Art Association 62nd Annual Judged Competition, Gearhart OR

2012~ December: Postcards From The Edge Invitational Group Show, RiverSea Gallery, Astoria OR

2011~September- Coffee Girl Barista and Friends of Coffee Girl Art Show, Astoria OR

2011~ Clarity Galleries, Group Show, Las Vegas New Mexico

2011~Juxtapose group show, Las Vegas New Mexico

2004~University Art Gallery Sculpture Exhibit, Las Cruces New Mexico

2000~ Mendocino Arts Center (Sculpture), Mendocino California


Abstract oil paintings for eight private collectors

Design and main photography, 2012 Coffee Girl Calendar, Astoria Oregon

Logo, wine label and cigar label design:   Tutto restaurant and lounge, Scottsdale AZ 1996-7

Logo design:    The Oceanside restaurant, Gearhart OR 1995



University, Elementary, and Community education courses.

Museum Education.



Graduate work in Archaeology (ABT)  and Art Therapy

BA  Archaeology and Art, New Mexico State University

Raiser's Edge software, Grantwriting






All artwork, writing and images are the sole  property of Heather Clement Davis. Contact the artist at hdcdavis@gmail.com for permission.