Jungle TrailTeresa Smith
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
20 " h x 24 " w x 1 " d |2 lbs. 4 oz.
Teresa Smith frequently explores the forests of San Juan Island where she lives, often accompanied by Lanie, her black Arabian mare. This painting was developed after a particular adventure together. "We galloped up Jungle Trail," Teresa recalls. "It is steep and lined with old growth cedar trees and giant ferns. We call it Jungle Trail because of its lushness. Just to get on the trail we need to jump over a deep stream." The painting represent a moment in the deep forest at a fast clip where the color and light blurred.
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."