Carole Smith: Watercolors

July 1st, 2016 - July 31st, 2016

About The Work

Carole Smith’s work is inspired in part by the beauty of nature and the unique qualities of watercolors. She says the beauty we see in nature is transient, ever changing as the light moves across trees, across a field. Trying to capture that on a still picture plane can be eluding. Watercolor is a medium so well suited to play in the way the paint and water react on the surface of the paper, simpatico, if you will. This quiet medium, as opposed to acrylic or oil canvases’ screaming color, reflects the subtle changes ever present in the landscapes around us.
All of us are always in such a hurry, rarely do we take time to stop even if for a moment, to take in some of the indescribable beauty around us. She says her paintings are never what she initially envisions, changes have to be made to the image for sake of the scaffolding of page design. Her attempts to capture these images on paper continue to evolve in each painting and in an overall body of her work.
About The Artist
Carole Smith born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University at Philadelphia and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago, with focus on ceramics, drawing and art history. She has taught art at the college, high school, middle school and elementary levels as well as privately. Currently she is an art teacher and Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) facilitator at the Mountain View School District.
After an extended absence from the studio she returned to painting and drawing several years ago. At her daughter’s behest she submitted a watercolor to the Delta Exhibit at Little Rock. Her work was accepted and then again the following year another submission was accepted. Since then her work has been exhibited at Cantrell Gallery at Little Rock and appears in several small private collections in Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas.
Artist Statement
“I am often reminded of Georgia O’Keefe,” Smith says, “who when asked why she painted the red poppies so large, replied: to compel the viewer to see the beauty before them.”