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Davis Perkins - Liberia Mission, Ebola
 
B I O G R A P H Y
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; and Mosul, Iraq, working with trauma patients in the current conflict. 
A R T I S T    S T A T E M E N TThe experience of nature in its rawest form first inspired my paintings. As a smokejumper it was critical for me to pay careful attention to [...]

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