ABOUT THE ARTIST

Exploring the lost and found, the past and how it has shaped us, connection and heritage – 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.

Growing up on the East coast of Scotland, I now live in the beautiful, rugged and inspirational area of Northumberland.

Originally completing a degree in Performance Costume from Edinburgh College of Art, I graduated in 2005. For the past few years, I have been focussed on drawing and painting, which combines my love of history, community, people and their connection with the land and sea.

My time is spent either in my studio or exploring the local area with sketchbook, pencils and a flask of coffee in hand. Immersing myself in the inspirational harbour villages, castles and landscapes, I am never short on inspiration to take back to the studio to work from.

I am inspired

by the way the weather has shaped the land, the ebb and flow of the tide, the wildness and unpredictability of nature and the mark of humanity on the landscape for good or bad.

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Contact Me

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To learn more about my online courses, please visit my Art School website at www.gillianleesmithartschool.com.

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Making the most of a sunny day in-between the rainy ones for a day out with Mark to one of our favourite places. Always going back to simple pencil in my sketchbooks. Out for breakfast, fresh air and trees and some sketching. A perfect day.
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I am delighted to share my first guest appearance on a podcast. We had a really enjoyable conversation about creative mentoring which is a part of my practice that I don't often talk about other than with the artists I mentor! Thank you so much to @ruthsingertextiles for inviting me You can find all the info in the link in Ruth's bio. And if you are interested in mentoring with me, DM me for more information.
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It's the end of the current series of Making Meaning podcast today! In this episode, I am talking to Gillian Lee Smith @gillianleesmithartist, a Scottish painter based in Northumberland. Gillian and I first met as members of a designer-makers group in the English midlands but we reconnected over Zoom during the pandemic and have had some wonderful conversations about our practices, our mentoring work and our creative ideas. In this podcast we focus on mentoring and talk about how both supporting others and being supported ourselves helps our practice. We talk about the zigzag journey of creative practice and how reflection and talking things through with others really helps to clarify things, to open new doors and to inspire. It's a really lovely reflective conversation to end the series with. I hope you enjoy it! #ruthsingertextiles #ruthsinger #makingmeaning #makingmeaningpodcast #textileartist #artiststalking #artistpodcast #ukpodcasts #gillianleesmith #gillianleesmithartist
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Autumn has arrived as if it came in overnight. First day of the season in the studio where a hat and a scarf so big it half covers my face are required. So it felt right to get back to some abandoned woodland pieces. Gosh it feels good just to be moving buttery paint around. Autumn and winter are usually my most productive months in the studio in spite of the cold. It feels like a fresh start after being in the doldrums for longer than I care to admit. ...

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