Will Davies, a Canadian artist, created hundreds of romance covers. I was fortunate to purchase one of his works of art, albeit a smaller version.
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Investing in Romance Cover Artwork (Sort Of)
As a lover of romance cover art, I decided to become an art collector and invest in some artwork from my favorite authors. For my first purchase, I started small—very small. It was a stamp edition of a Will Davies Harlequin Romance cover.
At only $2.50, it was too good a price not to ignore, so I splurged and got two.
Although they may not dazzle seasoned collectors, the purchase holds a special place in my heart as it marks the inception of my exciting new hobby.
Will Davies was one of my favorite cover illustrators of Harlequin’s category romances, particularly the Romances and Presents lines. Born in Ontario, Canada, he was a natural fit for Harlequin, a Canadian-based institution.
Also, during his 50-year-long career as an artist, Davies designed nine stamps for the Canadian Post Office. In 2018, the Post Office honored him and five other Canuck artists with stamps featuring their own original artwork.
The stamp design chosen to celebrate Davies depicted the image from one of his Harlequin covers, Neptune’s Daughter by Anne Weale.
Will Davies, A Canadian Icon
Canadian artist Will Davies illustrated 500 book covers, fashion layouts, advertising campaigns, and magazines in his lifetime.
It was an honor for his family to see him recognized. However, it was bittersweet as Davies passed away in 2016 and could not witness it himself.
“He was recognized by his peers, but at the same time, he was very unpretentious… Today, he would be amazed at all the attention.”Pam Davies, Will Davies’ daughter
Davies was known for his hard work, humility, and dedication to his craft. He mentored young artists and taught a popular art class that helped aspiring artists find their footing.
The stamp served as a tribute to artist Will Davies’ iconic style and his contributions to the field of illustration, particularly romance novel covers. It was also a testament to the enduring appeal of old-school romance novels and the artists who brought their covers to life.
More Art to Come in the Future
Did my modest purchase of Will Davies’s “original” work impress any enthusiasts? Granted, the stamp is very small and simple, but it is quite lovely.
However, there’s more original artwork to come!
As mentioned, the stamp purchase was my first foray into art investment. Recently, I have acquired some beautiful pieces that I am amazed and delighted to possess. I will be displaying paintings from my (tiny) collection in a series of upcoming blog posts, so please keep an eye out for them.
Have you ever considered buying some romance cover art? It can be a really exciting endeavor!
If the opportunity comes your way, I recommend not passing up on the chance to own an original painting of a romance cover. It is such a thrilling experience to own a piece of art created by a beloved illustrator!
As always, please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.