Joy Lynn Davis is an artist from California. She divides her time between Santa Barbara, California, and Patan, Nepal. She has been an artist in residence at Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre (2012-13) and the Santa Fe Art Institute (2008, 2009). She received her BA in Art from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2002, where she focused on painting and digital art. In addition, she has studied the Tibetan and Nepali languages, Himalayan art history and religions, as well as traditional thangka painting. Her acrylic and gold leaf paintings often combine realism with traditional Nepali and Tibetan motifs and styles. Her paintings are the culmination of travels, interviews, photography, and art surveys conducted in Asia since 2003. Joy Lynn Davis is also the founder and president of the Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project, a U.S. based non-profit (501c3 status pending) working to protect the artistic and cultural heritage of Nepal and the greater Himalayan region by promoting public awareness and education, encouraging scholarship, supporting preservation efforts and the continuation of artistic practices, discouraging illicit-traffic and facilitating voluntary returns of cultural artifacts.
For more information about Joy, her artist’s statement, and images of her public art and previous work, visit www.joylynndavis.com.