Oil painting on Stretched canvas New
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
20" h x 16" w x 1" d |1 lbs. 8 oz.
This painting is part of an ongoing series depicting the nature around Teresa Smith's home. Her main considerations as she works are color and shape. "The forest in a riot of color like confetti," she says of this painting. "Big leaf maple turning color and mingling with bracken ferns, crimson in the fall. Light shines through the trees like stained glass."
Friday Harbor, Washington
Teresa Smith captures the soul of the west coast 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."