Artist Sally Davies


Artist Statement

In this current political world of insular countries and self-protectionism, I want to show our planet as one whole place, a community. Aside from recognizable architectural clues for a specific place, the people in my paintings look so familiar. They are doing ordinary things, like going to work, taking kids to school, cycling home, and meeting with friends. I want to show that common bond of humanity throughout the world.

I look for dynamic composition, dramatic play of light and shadow, intriguing characters to populate my scenes, and some hint of architectural details to designate a certain place. I start by painting an abstract under-painting on my blank canvas - swirls and patterns, with lots of movement. In the final paintings you can often only see a faint remnant of this abstract pattern peaking through. I keep building up layers of color and patterns, knowing the under painting will give subtle yet exciting movement to the final scene.

Part of my artistic process is to document the evolution of my paintings from sketches to final canvas. Over the past two years, I made several time-lapse films of my painting process, photographing my artwork (including rough sketches & color studies) every few hours/days. I put all these images together into short time-lapse films for each painting, to give an idea of my creative process. CLICK HERE to see a time-lapse film below, and MORE HERE. These time-lapse films were shown as part of my solo exhibition this summer at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia.

My paintings are of ordinary people in landscapes with interesting views or unusual compositions, featuring places I have visited around the world. I hope to show our planet as one whole place, a community. The mother you see holding her child's hand while crossing the street looks so recognizable in any country. I want to show that bond of humanity throughout the world.

Artist Bio

Born in Liverpool, England, Sally Davies emigrated to Canada as a young girl.  She is a graduate of Sheridan College, Illustration and Book Design in Ontario, Canada, and has illustrated magazines, cookbooks, menus, posters, textbooks, and 15 children's books.  Her illustrations are ink line and bright watercolor washes, very different from her large canvas paintings which tend to be looser in style.

Sally Davies has given talks at various academic institutions in Canada and the USA, where she speaks about picture book design and illustration and the creative process of designing strong images.

She is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and a juried member of Gallery 75, Torpedo Factory, and the Children's Book Guild of Washington DC.  She was awarded a solo show for July 2017 at the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia.  Her solo exhibit was reviewed favorably in the Washington Post, Alexandria Times, and last year, she was invited to be highlighted in Maryland Public Television's program "Art Works" in their Pop Up Gallery.  With approximately 20 juried exhibits each year and many awards for her paintings, Sally Davies enjoys a successful professional art career.

Sally is also in the Maryland State Arts Council Artist Directory.


Sally is represented by The Art League. Email or Or call The Art League at 703/683-2323,

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