July 21 – September 9
Reception on Friday, July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Smith is an award winning oil painter with a focus on the Vermont landscape. Reviewer Marc Awodey wrote that his work was “Some of the best contemporary landscapes in the area. … What makes Smith’s landscapes more interesting than many others is his affinity for the abstract qualities of a scene. Smith is also a masterful technician, and even though his paintings are generally small, he has a perfect grasp of scale.”
There is always an intense observation that comes through in these pieces. In the words of the artist:
“A walk through evergreen woods searching for a lost dog, and I couldn’t help being distracted by the quality of light.
Spring evenings spent hovering over constellations of Forget-Me Nots and entering into their scale.
Explosions of apple blossoms, like clouds anchored in the fields.
These are some of the ways paintings take place for me. There’s always the visual stimulation, but there is also the mental and emotional leap from there, reveries made visible.
This is not unique, but it’s true; the motif serves as a point of departure.”