Paintings by Patricia Glee Smith
I paint landscapes, objects and the human figure in situations taken from everyday life.
My focus is on imperfect objects observed in moments of rest. I am interested in the timelessness of these bits and pieces of life and in beauty found in unexpected places, intrigued by the interconnectedness of all things. I take objects out of context and make them monumental.
Structure, surface and content are primary concerns, my tools being color, light and form. I paint in oils, acrylic and egg tempera, on linen or wood panel. I work slowly, often using glazes: transparent layers of paint thinned with a medium, which build color and depth layer by layer. I work on one piece at a time. As I work, the forms and colors develop slowly, almost independently. Sometimes what emerges is unexpected.
My paintings are mementoes of the journey I have made. These are personal landscapes from my life in France and Italy. They are testimonies to myself; my images find me, and I recognize myself, and my life, in my painting.
In my work, I explore the imagined inner life of familiar objects, the secret dialogue that takes place between them.
Patricia Glee Smith, artist and archaeologist, has lived in Italy for many years, first Torino, then Rome, and now in Otricoli, a beautiful medieval village in Umbria, in the Tiber valley. She, her husband Giangi, and their Turkish cat, have chosen Otricoli for its peace and quiet, important for her and her artwork (painting, illustration, etchings, etc.) You can see more of her artwork on her website. Besides her art, she also regularly works on archaeological expeditions in Turkey, the Yemen and Tibet.
More by Patricia Glee Smith:
The Window Boxes of Venice