Leighton Davis was born in Winnipeg in 1941. He has lived in Californa and Brirish Columbia, where he worked in Land Surveying and Town Planning. When he was seventeen he visited a major Van Gogh exhibition, and was inspired to paint. He devoted himself to painting full time in 1974, exploring a variety of media before choosing watercolours as his medium of choice. He has worked to overcome many of the difficulties posed by watercolour, experimenting with a variey of techniques to achieve a brilliance of colour, depth of tone, and range of light contrast not usually associated with this medium.
In 1975 a show of his work was toured by the Burnaby Art Gallery to seven galleries across Canada, showing at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 1979.
Davis moved to Nova Scotia in 1977, and graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a degree in fine art majoring in print making. He accepted the position of Director and Curator at Saint Mary's University in 1979.
A exhibitionof his work toured the Atlantic Provinces in 1981.
In 1993, The Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia awarded Davis a Cultural Life Awards Certificate of Honour as an Outstanding Artist, Professional.
His work hangs in corporate and public collections across Canada. Davis and his wife, Arlene, live in Nova Scotia