Westerly, RI and Gloucester, MA — Chipp Davis Wells, longtime resident of Westerly, R.I., and summer resident of Gloucester, passed away on July 30, 2013, from a stroke.
Chipp was born in Plainfield, N.J., and raised in Fairfield, Conn., by Richard D. Wells and Jean Davis Wells. From a young age, he demonstrated a passion and talent for art, fostered by summers spent in the Eastern Point Gloucester studio of his maternal grandmother, Amee Davis (1893-1972).
Chipp's formal art education was in Rome, Italy, and The Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1970. Soon after graduation, he met the love of his life, Dale Simmonds (1950-2005). They married in 1974, settled in Darien, Conn., and welcomed their only child, Hollis, in 1978. Chipp's love of art and design led to a long and successful career in advertising as an art director on Madison Avenue in New York City.
In 1998, Chipp left his job in advertising to pursue painting full time. Traveling between Westerly and Gloucester, Chipp dedicated the remainder of his life to his art, pugs and family. A member of many art associations, including the prestigious Rockport Art Association, Chipp’s paintings have won a host of awards and appear in numerous private and corporate collections. For many years, Chipp was a friend of Bill.
Chipp is survived by his daughter, Hollis Wells Silverman and her husband, David, of Washington, D.C.; and his beloved granddaughter, Davis.
ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Rockport Art Association, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966, or call 978.546.6604, or at www.rockportartassn.org.