Jimbo Davila was encouraged by his parents to appreciate art and he found himself attracted, at a young age, to the work of Rousseau, Picasso and Miro. He has always drawn and in college, in Arizona, he began to work with a potter's wheel. After dropping out of college -- "I went to all my classes for about two weeks," he notes -- Davila moved to New Mexico, working as a plasterer at construction site.
In 1980, Davila made his first snake, using one-by-twelve-foot rough-sawn pine lumber, and vivid latex house paints. Davila's snakes, made in geometric or sinuous forms, grow out of his drawing, As Davila puts it, "There's alot of feeling you can get out of a line, a squiggle."