Sheila Davis’ work exposes the raw and natural Canadian landscape. Most of her work explores the forces of nature by looking at the contrasts between light, space, and texture, as well as how these elements come together to bring life and vibrancy to what many might consider mundane subject matter. For Sheila, the untouched Ontario landscape is something that speaks to her on an emotional level, adding depth and resonance to her paintings. Sheila’s work also has noticeable influence from West Coast subject matter, making her paintings resonate with audiences across the country. This often-overlooked landscape is something that Sheila is able to showcase the beauty of in all its light, texture, and vibrancy.
Sheila produces mid to large scale paintings that are expressive and gestural with saturated colours and a sense of dynamism. The resulting paintings are captivating and draw the viewer into the wild landscape. The natural elements of her paintings carry a real sense of movement and energy, often making the viewer feel as if they are seeing the landscape first hand, instead of in a gallery. Sheila creates her works by quickly applying transparent layers of colour, then combines this with splattered and dripped paint. She finishes her works by reworking each of the layers with opaque brushwork and calligraphy.
Sheila Davis is a self-taught artist who has been painting professionally for 23 years and is exhibiting some of her work in the upcoming exhibition, "In the Heart of the Wild". Sheila is represented by galleries across Canada and much of her work can be found in both private and corporate collections around the world.