Davis, Jessie

Jessie Davis

  (Am. 1887-1969)

Portrait and landscape painter, muralist and teacher Jessie Fremont Snow Davis (Mrs. Clifford J. Davis), 1887-1969, was born near Georgetown, Texas. She moved to Dallas, studying there with well-known Texas art figures Frank Klepper, Frank Reaugh, John Francis Knott and Martha Simkins. She assisted Reaugh for many years in his classes, and traveled, in 1923 and 1924, to West Texas and Colorado in Reaugh’s summer sketching trips. Moving to New York, she studied with Dimitri Romanowsky and George Brandt Bridgman at the Art Students League. Back in Dallas, Davis taught in the evening classes of the Dallas public schools. “A feeling of primitive simplicity, joy, and frankness,” were the words a Dallas critic chose to describe her work. Davis died in Dallas and was buried in San Angelo, Texas. Jessie Davis was a member of the Dallas Art Association, Frank Reaugh Art Club, Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, and Klepper Sketch Club, all in Dallas; National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors; Southern States Art League; and Texas Fine Arts Association. Her work may be found in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; Technical High School and Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, Dallas; and Tom Green County Public Library. Jessie Davis’ exhibitions include: Annual Exhibition of the State Fair of Texas, Dallas; Frank Reaugh Art Club, Dallas; National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors; and Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition Source: Askart.com