Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
30 " h x 40 " w x 1.25 " d |4 lbs. 13 oz.
Teresa says that when she was conceptualizing this impressionist view of an oak, she focused on balancing the solid and strong nature of the tree with its grace and elegance. Sun dots through the foliage, bringing life and energy to the scene. This painting is part of an ongoing series depicting the local scenery around Teresa, with a focus on color and shape. "Color is my most important consideration when making a painting," she explains. "What color is perfectly married to the one next to it? I build shapes as if they are puzzle pieces, and paint thin glazes followed by 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."