As a farmer's daughter, Carol Davison learned to look at the world through the discovery of her native country. She drew inspiration from the world around her and she started to paint animals of the farm and of the countryside. She was passionate about observing and drawing faithful portraits of different models that were presented to her.
With time, her love of exploring the shapes and colours instilled her the desire to discover new horizons. She went to the other side of the world, India, to immerse herself in totally new and different landscapes and culture.The development of her artwork reminds us of some others artists who had a similar irrepressible need of "elsewhere". For example:
Eugene Delacroix who, in 1832 (his period of maturity) decided to explore North Africa. This choice was quite original and new for the time! He was clearly in search of exoticism. Indeed, the painters of the early 19th century had rather a habit to go to Greece or Italy to study the master pieces of Antiquity.
Paul Gauguin also had a desire to go to the discovery of new horizons. He chose to go to Tahiti. This land is very different from his native France: both in terms of the landscapes of culture. He found the colours and the near spirit of nature he had so much research before.
We note that, in each case, the departure in a foreign country and in an extremely different culture has allowed these artists rejuvenate their inspiration and modulate a way in which to express their artwork.
In Carol Davison case, these travels in India allowed her to develop her artistic conception in new and unknown directions. She was inspired by colours, lights and especially by the warmth of the people she met. She took many photographs and filled her mind of all these sensations. Since that experience, her art has been heavily influenced as painted daily-scenes and portraits of the people encountered there.