Rand Scot Smithey

Painting and Sculpture

Vision



My paintings are abstract, but only in the sense that human feeling is abstract. I want to communicate the whole range of human feeling. Not, of course, in a single work but one bit at a time.While I explore shape and color in pursuit of this goal I also explore the properties of paint. I'm not just interested in a tube of paint because of its color or texture, but also because of how the paint reacts to the panel or canvas, how it moves when it is fresh from the tube, how it can be manipulated as it begins to dry, and finally how it can be carved when it rests as a solid on the surface. I constantly try to push the boundaries of what a particular paint can do. No one set of techniques is better than another. Each in its own time and place finds a way to perfect expression.

With my sculpture I try to create an embrace of forms expressing movement and balance. Often, a sphere holds the center while arcing shapes dance in orbit. In each piece I strive to achieve a union of independent energies around a common center. Many of these sculptures follow from the collaborative work I do with my wife and partner, Holly.

Rand Scot Smithey