Originally from High Point, North Carolina, Davis moved to Taos in 1969 and has been creating work inspired by the area ever since. Davis’s work was published in a collaborative effort with his friend and writer, John Nichols (The Milagro Beanfield War) in a photo-memoir “If Mountains Die,” in 1979. The book helped to catapult Davis into celebrity and his work can now be found in collections worldwide.
Selected as a Living Master for the 2007 Fall Arts Celebration Invitational Show, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, September–October 2007. Photography Award, Taos Fall Arts Celebration Invitational Show, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, September–October 2002, Stephen Fleming, Director of Roswell Artists-in-Residence Program; Kathleen Howe, Curator of Prints and Photography, UNM Art Museum; Barbara Lucero-Sand, Professor of Museum Studies, IAIA, Jurors. Juror, Spring Photography Show, a juried photography exhibition, Spanish Peaks Arts Council, La Veta, CO, May–June 2002 & 2003. Photography Award, Taos Fall Arts Celebration Invitational Show, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, September–October 1999. Blake Larson, Roswell Museum; Mary Stephenson, Artist-In-Residence; Terry Bumpass, Governor's Gallery, Jurors. Poster Artist, 1999 Spring Arts Celebration, first photographic image to be used on a Taos arts festival poster. Lecture, Photography From Start to Finish, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM, February 1996. Panelist, Talk Back Forum, Is Photography A Fine Art?, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, June, 1995. Second Prize, Contemporary Art, Taos Spring Arts Celebration, Taos, NM, 1990. Curator, Pueblos of New Mexico, an exhibition of historical and contemporary photographs, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1986. First Prize [cash award], Fall Arts Festival Photography Show, Mission Gallery, Taos, NM, 1985. Curator, Architecture of the Southwest, a juried and invitational photography exhibition, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1984. Member, Visual Arts Committee, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1982-1987. Honorable Mention, Southwestern Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1978. Photography Award, Taos Art Association Open Awards Show, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1978.