Timothy Davison is a Wildlife Artist
He specializes in capturing animals in oils on canvas and wood panels. Since growing up in Wahoo, Nebraska, he has traveled to all 50 states while working with non-profits, zoos, and wildlife rescues. In doing so, he has worked with a multitude of animals, from alligators to wolves, and spoken to over a million people about wildlife conservation and sustainability.
Today, he uses cameras and canvases to help tell the stories about wildlife that fascinate and inspire people to contribute to conservation. His artwork is held by hundreds of collectors and has helped raise money to benefit various non-profit organizations and critically endangered animals like penguins, elephants, and orangutans.
Tim and his wife, Stephanie Arne, former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom webseries, currently live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where Stephanie is the interim Director of Conservation at the Great Plains Zoo. Together, they have hosted a number of fundraisers, both in-person and online, and have help raise money for conservation organizations and a number of species. Their favorite events are galas in which Tim paints, (in a tux, of course) and Stephanie gives a talk.
Tim and Stephanie have collaborated on a number of storytelling projects.
• In 2019, they created a short film and fundraising website, Saving Penguins | The African Penguin Nest Project.
• Their 2020 live fundraiser for AZA's Orangutan SAFE project, BRUSH with CONSERVATION combined live painting, interviews, and a live virtual auction.
• And in 2021, Tim's painting of Callee from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium helped raise money for the nonprofit, FOR ELEPHANTS
Prints of Tim's work that have been included in gift shops and online shops, providing on-going funding for animals and the people working towards conservation and education - such as Asian small clawed otters with Nurtured by Nature.
In 2016, Tim started painting portraits of animal artists on canvases the animal painted first.
In this case, Raven the Chimpanzee from the Maryland Zoo painted the background in color, and then Tim painted her portrait on top in black. This original collaboration painting was auctioned to benefit the American Association of Zoo Keepers chapter at the Maryland Zoo.
In January 2020, Tim painted this 24″ x 24″ canvas with Mara the Steller Sea Lion at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. It was auctioned off at the Annual ASLC Gala, at which Stephanie was a guest host. While this painting accounted for only a portion of the funds raised, the event made a record amount of money for the center (even more than the previous year, hosted by Jack Black.)
Below, are other original paintings and collaborations that have helped raise money for wildlife conservation organizations.
Art is more than a thing that hangs on the wall, it's a powerful tool for change. It can evoke emotions in a way few things can. Just read what collectors have to say when they receive something from the Davison Art Company in the mail.