This is an original still life watercolor painted in the realist tradition. My wife and I love to watch food-themed documentaries, and "fusion cuisine" seems to be the buzz word for some time now, meaning there is a combination of two or more cuisines in one dish.  That is the basis of my watercolor.  It is the thrusting together of Mexican with German-American hotdogs.  A Chicago style hotdog is enclosed in a taco with a mustard jar, and slice of lime.  I placed sliced jalapeños on top–bon appetit. This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display.

- Dwight Smith

Fusion Cuisine

Watercolor painting on paper

Signed on front

15" h x 22" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Dwight Smith
Bradenton, Florida

Getting to Know Dwight

Dwight Smith depicts commonplace objects with a sense of playfulness and humor. His watercolor still life paintings appear conventional in their soft colors and composed compositions, but upon further observation the juxtaposition of unrelated items make for delightfully surprising combinations and comparisons. This transformation of the everyday, and strong graphic style, lend the work a pop feel. However, pop art is generally cool and ironic. Instead, there is a familiar and comforting sense of kitsch and Americana in Dwight’s subjects. In a similar fashion to the work of American artist Wayne Thiebaud, Dwight paints food and sweets of the American appetite. Doughnuts, hotdogs, and lollipops are captured in all of their potent delight. He plays with scale and composition to bring out a sense of the absurd, but ultimately his goal is to make the viewer smile.