Sheila Davis
December Artist of the Month

“I strive to be both painterly and precise, and present my subject matter without much abstraction. I work predominantly in oil paint and soft pastel, which I appreciate for its “paint-pushing” qualities. I try to explore light and the complex values that exist in seemingly simple landscapes and everyday objects. I am often drawn to ocean themes stemming from my interest in depicting light and spending many years on the Maine coast. In the same way that I explore, and am fascinated by, the complexity of water’s light, color and movement, I am also drawn by endless expanses of water paths and marsh grasses. I feel very fortunate to have a passion and a love for painting. I am, before all else, an artist, and my craft has contributed in some way to every accomplishment in my life.
I have been an active representational artist and art teacher in New England for more than 30 years. Art Courses and Education: The Art Institute of Boston, University of Virginia, Northwestern University, The Art Institute of Chicago, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts., Boston. During that time, I worked as a freelance commercial artist. From 1963 – 1989 I painted with Michael Dowling, a Boston artist and teacher at Boston University and with Lois Tarlow, a prominent Boston artist and writer for Art New England.
My work has been exhibited in New York at the Pastel Society of America and at the Copley Society of Boston, in additional to regional shows in New England. I was previously a member of the Copley Society, Pastel Society of America and the American Society of Portrait Artists.”
 “Sunset Marsh” pastel by Sheila Davis


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