d e n n i s K. s m i t h Artist, Dennis K. Smith’s distinctive style of painting, results in works that come alive through the use of descriptive and rhythmic brush work and vivid choreographed passages of colour that evokes a response. Smith places importance on well staged compositions and strong design. He holds fast to importance of tension, movement and balance get the viewers attention. Smith gives credence to the fact that creativity will change that which has been reduce and pasted over as ordinary and common place, into extraordinary works of art. For over sixty years, Smith has been visually vocalizing his story through art. If his artistic approach and intent could be characterized in vocal styling terminology, he would consider himself a "crooner." an ironic term denoting an emphatically sentimental depictions of his subjects. His work projects honesty, simplicity and serenity that cause one to stop and take time to connect with the painting and its message. Art for Dennis has to reflect the inherent nature of the artist and have reason for its creation. Although been a representative artist, he maintains a degree of incompletion to allow the viewer to engage and reflect adding their thoughts to the painting themselves. His use of different media reveals the range of his talent
He has exhibited in juried shows, group and solo exhibitions. His block prints were exhibited in the Canada - Japan Exchange Print Exhibition. Dennis conducts workshops as well as open classes at his LaSalle studio. He is the Co- founder and president of The Artists of Colour
Artist Statement: A successful work of art should visually communicate the heart and soul of the artist. It should stir the imagination of the viewer and demand a response. My goal is to capture the spirit my subject and to provoke a response that will induce visual excitement and a renewed appreciation of the subject. This is done not by rendering an exact likeness, but by artistically reacting to what I see and feel then visually imparting that same response to the viewer.Minor details fade away but the emotional exchange between the subject and artist provides lasting memories. I cannot remember the thousand and fifty third leaf of the tree but I will remember the coolness of its shade on that hot summer day.
“Each of us will have something to say and each of us will have our own way of saying it ,but when we take the time to stand still to view the works of God’s hands, .......we all should listen” dKsmith
The Artist Reveals the Uncommon in the Everyday
STORY BY KAREN PATON-EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN LIVIERO