Fir with LupineTeresa Smith
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
14 " h x 18 " w x .75 " d |1 lbs. 0 oz.
In this painting, Teresa Smith draws on a memory of a quiet spring afternoon overlooking the Salish Sea. The work represents both a real memory, and the need as an artist to change certain elements to create a strong picture. Teresa explains "I always start my paintings with an underpainting, usually gold, red or magenta. As I build the layers I leave part of the underpainting peaking through. I find it gives the painting life and sparkle. This painting has red underneath. The lupines were blue purple at one point but I had to change them to magenta because the blue clashed somehow. I have lupines of this color in my garden, so they do exist."
Friday Harbor, Washington
Teresa Smith captures the soul of the Canadian landscape in her contemplative oil paintings. Teresa gathers impressions of the land around her remote island home on horseback rides accompanied by her Irish wolfhound. Her works capture the light coming through the trees, a richness of color, and the interconnectedness of nature. Her subjects emerge through lyrical brushwork, sometimes with light streaming as if through a stained glass window. Her major influences are Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr, and the Canadian Group of Seven, the latter of whom pioneered a distinctive style defined by a direct connection with nature. In addition to painting, Teresa is a master gardener, and she grows food year-round in her garden and volunteers in the community to educate and diagnose plant problems. She works from her studio on the top floor of a barn overlooking the pond and trees, where deer walk by and ducks swim. According to Teresa, "much of today’s art is based on concept. That is, the artist has an idea, then uses their art to educate and inform. I do contemplative painting, which is different. For me, it is allowing the painting to unfold in a contemplative or meditative way."