Mt Baker IITeresa Smith
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
30 " h x 40 " w x 1.5 " d |4 lbs. 13 oz.
Distant view of Mount Baker in Washington state through a stand of fir trees. Sun shimmers off of the lake in the middle ground. "Color is probably my most important consideration when making a painting," explains Teresa. "I contrast texture - thin wash next to impasto, for example. I work the shapes as if they are puzzle pieces. I use thin glazes to add luminosity and create colors that are unique and luscious, then add thick brush marks as contrast."
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."