Paul Davis

   "Born May 10, 1959 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, I grew up in Ontario and Quebec before settling in Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Having spent ten years in a construction and engineering environment, I developed an interest in Intarsia after helping out a friend at the Tucson show and being introduced to a variety of gemstone artists from around the world. It became apparent that gemstones could be an outlet for me to get interested in Intarsia. I think it appeals to me because of the challenge of meticulous work and fine detail, however maybe it's because I like to make things overly complicated.

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   Picture jaspers primarily from the American west are what I like to work with. These stones fascinate me and are relatively plentiful. It can get difficult however, to find top quality jaspers and this is what makes hunting for them all the more enjoyable. Most of the time, a great Intarsia can be achieved by just framing a well composed picture jasper.

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   I have been quite prolific over the years making boxes, clocks, plaques and jewelry that appear in private collections around the world. My pieces are initialed, dated and numbered on the reverse."

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