Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies

Openshaw Balcony Gallery, 3rd floor

While our building is currently closed to the public, we are still working on how to find ways our audience can access all of our exhibits that are on display. Please follow our social media outlets and sign up for our e-newsletter for videos, images, and other fun content about our exhibits, artists, and more! Enjoy this walk-through of "Vantage Point" that is up in our Balcony Gallery right now. For sale inquiries or other questions please email

*Many of the works in this exhibition are for sale! We will be providing a 10% discount on artwork sales while our building is closed to promote supporting local artists and art organizations. If you have questions about which works are for sale or anything at all please email




Sally Davies paints the human figure from dramatic vantage points and plays with light and shadows to create a strong emotional impact, drawing the viewer into the unfolding narrative.  Like the 19th century French Impressionists, she captures moments in time; a commuter biking home, a mother and child crossing a busy street, a skateboarder doing kick-flips, or ballet dancers rehearsing. With minimal architectural details, she leaves a mystery for the individual viewer to infer a sense of place and feel a common bond of humanity. 
In her backgrounds, Davies paints delicate organic patterns in fluid acrylic and layers them on her canvas, building up subtle textures.  Her use of fluid acrylic creates a surface that is unique to each painting.  Davies layers paint to juxtapose color and pattern as a way to influence the perception of movement.  She designs dynamic compositions with a dramatic play of light and shadow that enhance this fleeting moment in time.
A number of paintings in this exhibit highlight Maryland Hall's vivid theatre life.  Davies sat high up in the balcony at Maryland Hall to sketch and observe, and was inspired to capture the drama and excitement of the ballet on stage here. 


The Ballet paintings were inspired by Maryland Hall resident company rehearsals by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Sally Davies creates time-lapse videos of her paintings as part of her artistic process to document the evolution of her paintings from sketches to final artwork. 

These videos can be seen at: