Artist Joanna Davies was the original free range child. Growing up on 30 wild acres in Brookfield, Davies lived with her family in what was later converted to the chook shed while their house was built. 'There were seven of us,' she said. 'It was fabulous.' As a child, Davies rode horses, played in the creeks, hiked, and started her lifelong love affair with art.
Joanna Davies with a selection of her light-filled works. Image courtesy Joanna Davies.
Her exhibition Into the Light now reveals the fruits of her carefree childhood. Being held at Sprout BYO French Cafe in Auchenflower, Into the Light features landscapes drenched in memories - a sun-seared beach, a dappled glade, a glimpse of a horse, a riot of fuchsia flowers. 'Brookfield then, and now, just has a special light, a special feel,' she explains. 'I love the sense of freedom and the community spirit.'
Davies' own father is a renowned oil painter, which piqued her interest in the practice. Although Davies began following in his footsteps, she describes her style now as individual; a whole different, modern take on the traditional type of oil painting that emerged in the 14th century. 'Becoming an artist was never encouraged,' Davies says. 'Dad was always painting and it just seemed normal.'
Main Beach, Straddie. Image courtesy Joanna Davies.
Since 2010, Davies has exhibited and shared more than 50 pieces of her artwork in places ranging from Sydney and Melbourne, to the far stretches of the Greek Islands. She describes it as 'a privilege' when she sees her work hanging in someone's home or office. One of the constant questions she's asked is: How do you do your paintings? 'Firstly I am always thinking about paintings - mine, other peoples, what I am going to paint next, where I am going to paint next,' she says. 'The truth is I just love painting and I just want to do it all the time.'