The Washington Times-Herald


January 30, 2014

Dean Davis

Aug. 14, 1920 - Jan. 27, 2014

EVANSVILLE — Nationally-known watercolor artist Dean H. Davis laid down his brush for the final time Monday at Heritage Hospice. The 2010 Vanderburgh County Arts Award winner was born to Dr. and Mrs. C.E. Davis in Oxford, Neb., Aug. 14, 1920, graduated from Oxford High School, and attended Denver School of Art before starting a career which included theater management, a stint in the U.S. Army Air Corps and visual arts production in Chicago before moving to Evansville in 1957 as art director for the Evansville Printing Corporation. He retired from Keller Crescent in 1981 to devote himself entirely to painting.

He not only created paintings which hang around the world, but became a signature member of multiple watercolor societies, including the National Watercolor Society. Davis was proud of the many watercolor workshops he taught around the country and the inspiration he provided to other artists, but was most fond of the lasting friendships he made during over 30 years of teaching that “Good paintings deceive you with their simplicity.”

More than a renowned artist, Davis was for 68 years the beloved husband of Doris Harper Davis, who predeceased him in 2010. He was the adored father of Sue L. Fry (Derrell) of Washington, and Dr. Richard C. Davis (Michele Phillips) of Victoria, British Columbia. His five grandchildren were the light of his life and include Lisa Weimer (Tracey) of Greenville, Ohio; Bethany Borland (Andrew) of Indianapolis; Bryan Fry (Meghan) of Johnston, R.I.; Dr. Seth Davis of Toronto, Canada; and Bronwyn Davis of Calgary, Alberta. Five great-grandchildren were treated to his delightful sense of humor and personalized drawings.

Davis was a 50-year member of Eastside Christian Church. Pastor Linda Parker will lead a celebration of life service at Eastside Christian Church, 2100 Bayard Park Drive, Evansville, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Rd, Evansville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eastside Christian Church or Heritage Hospice at 1202 W. Buena Vista in Evansville. The family will be eternally grateful to the staff of Heritage Nursing Center and their hospice program for the loving care and comfort they have given.

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