Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Featured Artist Interview: Samantha Keely Smith

KiptonART Interviews Featured Artist, Samantha Keely Smith

Q: Who/what is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?
A: My biggest inspiration is always the images/visions I see in my head- the colors, light, and shapes that are the beginnings of the paintings. After that the paintings unfold organically.  In other words, I feel like the painting itself dictates the direction in which it should go, and the only way I know that it is working is when nothing about it feels wrong in comparison to the image in my mind (which is not so much a lucid image, but more a thing of emotion translated into color and light). I try to bring this to the canvas in a way that is as true as possible. Because the work deals with the dichotomy of our realities (our inner life in comparison to the life we see, hear, smell, and feel around us) the work tends to have a sense of place. This is the place in between our inner and outer worlds-  where  our worlds collide. 
Other than that, I am always inspired by music, and by literature (usually Nineteenth Century novels, or historical fiction). Recently, I have been re-reading a great book that my very first painting teacher gave me (when I was doing my first still-life studies in oil at the age of 17) called Art and the Creative Consciousness by Graham Collier, 1972. It is a very inspiring book about the creative process.  Something else I find fascinating is the idea of the Duende. In particular I find Frederico Garcia Lorca’s essay about the Duende to be powerfully moving and inspiring. You can read the essay online here

Q: What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?
A: Now I can get back to my painting.
Openings are very stressful for me.

Read the full interview in the Online Magazine here
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Photo Courtesy of Samantha Keely Smith

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