Keri Davis grew up in her grandmother's art gallery. This connection at an early age with art, flourished into a lifelong passion for seeing the world through other artists' eyes. Learning to paint and draw in early childhood, her grandmother, Lu Haile, gave Keri the gift of how to love and create art. This love of art is evident and being passed forward as Keri paints, teaches art in the gallery to adults and children, and represents over 60 Mississippi artists at Pacesetter Gallery in Flowood, MS.
Throughout her childhood, all the entrepreneurs in her life affected her vision and perspective, creating a life deeply imbedded in the arts. Her mother owned a dance studio and choreographed musicals and Keri acted and sang in musicals through the years and took ballet, tap and jazz classes. Time spent in the gallery and the local opera house taught her that there are many ways to express yourself and everyone has different talents and inspirations that drive them to create in different ways. This insight and curiosity and participation in cultural arts is what fuels the diverse cultural events held at the gallery.
Keri attended The University of North Texas graduating with a studio BFA with an Emphasis on Art Education. She graduated from the Getty Institute program which gave Keri multi-disciplinary teaching skills, tying art to history, writing, science, and math in the world. Keri also studied classical and jazz vocal performance at North Texas, which led to 2 years of singing with national rhythm and funk band, Mingo Fishtrap. Interweaving music, theatre, art and other create ways to express herself and these influences can all be found in her art. A visit to Pacesetter gallery will welcome you with sounds of jazz, blues, flamenco guitar, classic rock and art from talented Mississippi artists. She is currently a professional singer and performs across the Jackson area.
Keri works in water media and mixed media acrylic, creating work that is color-driven and expressive. She is a print maker and jewelry artist. Her goal to help others find comfort and inspiration in creative arts. Layered and rich in color and texture, each piece includes intuitive elements.
Keri's work Little Beauty is featured on the cover of the Mississippi Poetry Society's publication Mississippi Poetry Journal 2022. She teaches painting in the gallery and at the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, MS. Keri Davis is a current member of the Mississippi Artists Guild. Her work can also be found Little Rock, Arkansas gallery, The Showroom. You can find her murals and paintings in residential homes, banks, and restaurants.