Ian Smith artist. Ian Smith artist. Ian Smith artist. Well that should keep Google happy and now a BIG welcome to the real people!
I live in Bardsey near Leeds in Yorkshire. I tend to paint from a series of sketches 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 although I have been to classes in life drawing and etching, and to painting workshops by Katherine Holmes, Robert Dutton, Rachel McNaughton and Debbie Loane. My local East Keswick Art Group is a great learning environment and I am delighted that the public have voted my paintings 'Best in Show' in recent years. I am influenced by a wide range of contemporary artists including David Wiseman and Kurt Jackson.
I paint for fun, interest and excitement. I like the freedom of painting what I like. I hope you like it too! As my style has developed I find that I paint increasingly boldly and loosely, trying to capture my emotional reaction to the subject, normally drawing from a series of sketches.
Everyone reacts to paintings differently. I react to them differently at different times, so please let me know what you think using the 'Contact' page.