The Digital Art of Sally Davies

Living near Bridport, a small market town on the West Dorset coast, I find so much in this beautiful part of England to inspire my digital art.

Sally Davies

But how many of us really look beyond the surfaces of our surroundings? For example, a Victorian drainpipe with decades’ worth of paint flaking away, or an old peeling door or weathered fence they all have their own textured beauty and make interesting backgrounds to my slightly surreal pictures. Into these I layer the flowers or trees that are my passion, adding, altering, perhaps introducing hand-painted elements, using imagination but inspired by location. It’s about seeing what’s around you and then playing with it. How lucky am I to be able to combine three of my loves photography, nature and art into my work and have fun.

I got into this late, having enjoyed (after art college) a long career in fashion. However, a growing love of plants eventually diverted me to horticulture, where I used photography as a marketing tool. In the end, the camera won over the plant nursery’s cold winters and I turned full-time to photography now digital  which led to the new-ish field of digital art, or photo-art as it’s sometimes called. I think the best way to describe what I do is that, using a computer, I paint with photographs and I only use my own photographs. Living here I have plenty to draw on.

My workspace Studio in the Attic, in Bridport is shared with portrait artist Elizabeth Sporne, and the two different forms of art work well together. The name ‘Attic Light’ is derived from that workspace and the word ‘photo’ is from the Greek word for light.