Spring TideTeresa Smith
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
16 " h x 20 " w x 1.25 " d |2 lbs. 11 oz.
Teresa Smith based this ethereal painting on a particular sunny walk through the woods. "It was spring and the birds were chirping," Teresa explains. "There was an earthy aroma as a melding of mud puddles and new green fronds. I came upon a little girl and her dad. The little girl said, "there are fairies in these woods." I said,"yes you are right, there are fairies in these woods.""
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."