Hi, I’m Davina! I like to draw with crayons and felt wool with a needle. I adore animals and respect all people – we all deserve health, safety, and justice!
I live on the California coast – unceeded Ramaytush Ohlone land – with my husband, two cats, and three aquariums.
A few random facts about me: I was born in Botswana ten minutes behind my twin sister, I have had depression for as long as I can remember, and I constantly dream about cake.
As a child I struggled with reading and writing, only becoming a proficient reader in my preteen years, but after I mastered the skill, I became a voracious reader of all kinds of books. I adore fairy tales and fantasy and science fiction, and I love to read nonfiction about the lives and minds of animals.
Way before the written word, though, there was art. Even as a tiny kid, I was doing art. My passion for art led me to graduate from San Francisco State University with a BA in Fine Arts, emphasis in oil painting. I love beauty, but I also know the value of a good story and I strive to give my pieces a life and narrative of their own.
Whether it’s colored pencils, acrylics, watercolors, digital painting, a wad of wool, wire, clay, papier mache … whatever the medium, I am thrilled by the act of creation.
In 2007 I discovered the art of needle felting and it blew the possibilities of creation wide open! I am constantly making something new and exciting with this fiber medium.
And there is no end to inspiration! Every creature of Earth has magic in it – even the humble garden snail contains within it unfathomable oddity and yet those eyes, reaching out on alien translucent stalks, peer at you like a curious friend. I believe my own oddness helps me see the familiar in the strangest of places – and the oddness in the most ordinary.
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me!