“My work is about relationships past and present. My medium is watercolor. My subjects vary from plein air landscape painting to ordinary everyday life, and lately I have been exploring portraiture. My work is loosely representational and expressive in the use of color and brushstroke. I like to work quickly juxtaposing colors that blend and flow freely. I can also work very tightly in a more illustrative style. My 70th birthday was a turning point in my life and art. As I face decreasing days, I also recognize that life is a gift, a paradox and a contradiction. I notice the exquisite edge of life’s beauty and death’s certainty, and then more fully cherish close relationships. I honor our connection to each other and all living things. Painting for me is an exercise in trust and a meditation that I share with you.“
Zulma Davila is a watercolor artist and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in N.Y.C. with a major in Fine Art and minor in Journalistic Illustration. She worked in the Graphic Arts field for over 25 years and founded Z Design & Illustration. Davila has taught art at various community and after school programs, and at the Minnesota Museum of Art. She is a scholarship recipient of Women’s Art Institute at St. Catherine University and was invited back as a teaching assistant. Davila has exhibited her work at Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Catherine University, Homewood Studio, U of M Quarter Gallery, and the Landmark Center North Gallery in St. Paul. Zulma’s studio is in downtown St. Paul where she pursues her passion for watercolor painting and giving watercolor workshops. She is currently working on a series of portraits for her next show.