About Gillian

Gillian Lee Smith

Originally from the East of Scotland, I have recently moved to the beautiful, rugged and inspirational North-East coast of England having previously been a reluctant city dweller for the last 15 years.

With a degree in Performance Costume from Edinburgh College of Art I graduated in 2005 and moved to Nottingham where I returned to my first love of drawing and painting. I now work from my studio focussing on narrative art inspired by individuals and communities and their impact and relationship with the land and the environment in which they live. This combines my fascination with history, people, the coast and storytelling.

I am newly inspired by Northumberland, the tiny harbour villages, castles and landscape and my time is spent either in my studio or exploring the local area with sketchbook, pencils and a flask of coffee in hand.

Exploring the lost and found, the past and how it has shaped us, connection and heritage – all of these are themes in my work. I seek to create a certain atmosphere and emotion. All at once imagined and familiar, a connection with the viewer and a continued exploration to find my own place in the world.