Enjoy the fascinating portfolio of oil painter Anne Smythe, who captures the landscape in a unique and delightful style. See more of her work on her website.
I was raised, educated, and trained in Toronto, Canada. I used my days working in advertising to envision surrealistic paintings that I would eventually create during nights and weekends.
When I moved to the greenbelt a few years ago, I was totally taken by the natural forms and landscapes around me. Most of my paintings are now inspired by the wetlands and forests near my home where I walk my dog.
My artwork showcases the natural beauty of the environment while also adding something unexpected and thought-provoking. It uses a mix of classic scenery and imaginative ideas.
These works are meant to encourage others to appreciate the beauty of nature but hint at a deeper message about the importance of protecting the environment.
I always make sure to take my camera with me on my walks to capture photos of the landscapes that serve as a foundation for my paintings. I paint with oils for a variety of reasons. Primarily because of its flexibility; there is nothing holding me back from changing it however I please, so I can follow my whims and create something unique.
My work is highly detailed. I can work on a painting for months until I feel it is right.
My family has a long history of artistic expression. My mother and grandfather were both painters, and I was deeply influenced by Christiane Pflug, an incredible artist who was friends with my parents. One of her large works hung in my childhood home, and now hangs proudly in my own living room.
I am in awe of the accomplishments by the talent and ingenuity of many painters who have come before me. I get immense joy from the process of painting.
No matter what I create, I strive to ensure that the paintings stay true to the fine art quality and craftsmanship of artists that I admire.
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