Davis Perkins [NRA 2019]
First name: Davis ;
Middle name: ;
Last name: Perkins ;
Member: Non-resident artist member
Davis Perkins is a California landscape painter with an unusual background.
He has had a long career as a smokejumper, firefighter, paramedic, and professional artist. After serving as a paratroop sergeant (first with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, and later with the 12th Special Forces Group of the Army Reserve), Davis worked 13 summers as a smokejumper, parachuting into forest fires with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. During the winter he attended art school, graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in fine arts. His early work was featured in solo exhibitions at the Alaskan State Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Air & Space Museum. Both museums selected his work for their permanent collections. In addition, one of his paintings hangs in the Pentagon with the United States Air Force Art Collection. In 2015 Davis was selected as a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.
Davis exhibits his work in galleries and other art venues in Northern California, while continuing his life of travel and public service. In 2007 he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and created paintings from his view at the summit. He remains active as a paramedic, and as a member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team of the Department of Health and Human Services. Since 2010 Davis has served on medical relief missions to Haiti; Ethiopia; Cambodia; Liberia (Ebola outbreak); Vanuatu; Nepal; Lesvos, Greece to aid with the recent refugee crisis; Mosul, Iraq, working with trauma patients during the Battle of Mosul; and with an international medical team in Ukraine during the current conflict. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Davis has worked with response teams providing medical aid in virus hotspots in New York and Los Angeles, and as a volunteer assisting with local vaccination efforts.
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December 23, 2019
Last updated: July 29, 2022 at 10:37 am