Hannah Davies was born in 1980, in Cambridge. After completing her art foundation there, she moved to Cornwall, where she did a BA(hons) in Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2002. After falling in love with Cornwall and the sea, she has continued to live and paint here, living with her young family in Bude and exhibiting her work around the country.
Her oil paintings explore the theme of reflections, and are inspired by reflections of the Cornish seascape and townscape in cafe windows. Hannah’s work achieves a mysterious atmosphere by using transparent layers of oil paint, built up slowly, so that each layer is still visible on the canvas.
On a glass surface , inside and outside are merged, mixing private and public spaces, and producing strange and surprising areas ,where coffee cups and figures float through sea and sky
Hannah’s beach paintings are concerned with a feeling of space in a vast expanse. She is fascinated with the reflections on the thin film of water left by a retreating tide, and how these change with the sunlight and clouds. From a cliff top ,the reflections of people far below are elongated, dripping down the canvas. Hannah is interested in the relationships between these figures, and in their solitude. She wants to capture their smallness in such a huge, flat expanse; their freedom to roam through the landscape; and to find privacy even in a public space.