Anne Davies sees landscape as patterns of colour and texture. Memory and imagination feed into her fascinating small paintings. Drawn to semi-industrialised waterfronts, west country harbours, the north of England where she grew up and the Docklands of London are the places her mind goes to when she works. She loves the idea of walking around in a picture rather like a map, discovering the different aspects of place and this is what her paintings invite the viewer’s eye to do.
Working on very smooth gessoed boards she paints blocks of colour in acrylic on a raw sienna base and then works them back, drawing into them with pencil, with a freedom of mark-making and a flair for pattern and composition. She has a strong understanding of colour, her palette tends to consist of greens, blues and yellows with sparks of pink and orange.
She draws every day, working in sketchbooks where she can be completely free, and then paints from the drawings and from photographs she has taken while out in the landscape. Her small beautifully detailed pictures draw one in to marvel at the textures and traces of underpainting that just show through, forming wonderful passages of colour and interesting lines.
Anne Davies was born in Lancashire and grew up in the Derbyshire Peak District. After studying fine art at Newcastle University, she worked on art projects with adults and children with special needs. She now lives in London where she focuses on painting and exhibiting her work, showing mainly in St Ives, London and Norfolk as well as Sladers Yard.
Anne Davies’s new paintings are shown below and are now available to buy or reserve. Please call 01308 459511, email email@example.com to enquire about a painting.