Ian Smith

I am an amateur artist and paint using mixed media including watercolour, gouache, pastel, house paint, car paint, wax crayon, acrylic paints and inks... in fact anything that I feel might work.

I learn mainly through experimenting and am influenced by a wide range of local contemporary artists including Katherine Holmes, Debbie Loane, Robert Dutton and Rachel McNaughton, as well as artists further afield such as Lewis Noble and Kurt Jackson...and traditional artists too such as Edward Seago and Sorolla.  My local East Keswick Art Group is a great supportive environment and I am delighted that the public have voted my paintings 'Best in Show' in recent years.

I paint for fun, interest and excitement, trying to capture the character and atmosphere of subjects rather than an accurate photo-like representation.  I like the freedom of painting what I like and I hope you like it too! It seems to work as I was delighted to receive an SAA award in 2021 reaching the final of 'Artist of the Year'.