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About L. M.

L. M. Smith played in rock bands and recorded her original songs at home for about 20 years before returning to college to take up painting once again. Since that time she has earned two degrees and continues to paint using an evolving variety of approaches. Her music can heard @ http://therecordingsoflindasmith.yolasite.com/

Paintings 2012

My paintings always begin with texture. Applying acrylic texture mediums as grounds instead of using more traditional methods of canvas preparation helps me to determine the direction each painting will take while still allowing for various degrees of paint and color manipulation. Though I’ve been using textures such as pumice, crackle, and sand for several years, it is only in the last two years that I’ve begun to move away from images as my main motivation for painting. Previously, I worked from photographs I took myself or from movie stills found in books. The current direction of my work reflects a desire to feature texture itself as the subject of the painting, without the associations and distractions attached to the representation of identifiable objects. In essence, the act of painting has become for me a way of covering and revealing rather than simply showing. Instead of labeling the work abstract in the usual sense, I prefer to think of it as non-figurative even though it may occasionally contain suggestively representational elements.

Paintings 2013

While I’ve been using acrylic textures such as pumice, crackle, and sand for several years as grounds upon which to paint, more recently I've begun to move away from images as my main motivation for painting. Previously, I worked from photographs, movie images, or simply from shadows cast on the canvas itself. The current direction of my work reflects a desire to feature texture as the subject of the painting, without the associations and distractions attached to the representation of identifiable objects. Instead of labeling the work abstract in the usual sense, I prefer to think of it as non-figurative though it may occasionally contain suggestively representational elements. Currently, I am exploring texture and color through the use of plastic embroidery canvas and wire mesh screens, various acrylic texture mediums, and a palette knife. My frames are often derived from the supports used in factory made stretched canvas found in art supply stores and are also an integral part of each painting.

Paintings (after the Last Paintings)

During the past year I've become aware of the work and writings of Ad Reinhardt. His book, "Art As Art" has helped me to define another direction for my own work. Though I do not follow his painting methods and techniques exactly, my aims are similar. His belief that "art comes from other art" is applicable to this project, as is the resulting inability to accurately photograph the paintings themselves.

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