Wendy Smith's paintings reflect experiences, memories and everyday 'happenings. The colours have an emotional attachment and response to a situation or subject. More recent work on hessian or textured linen adds a raw and fibrous contrast with the glossed and heavily coloured surface finish.
In 2016 and 2017 in addition to working on larger canvases in the studio, I have been working outside, capturing the immediacy, vastness, colours and atmosphere of the ever changing landscape. My work explores contrasts in both feeling and the physicality and this is represented through the use of colour and colour combinations. These paintings also contain an element of drawing, influenced with my fascination of the man-made in contrast to the natural and wildness of nature and where the boundaries cross.
Running parallel to my painting practice, I also work in gardens, specialising in planting. I produce planting plans and this has developed into more community type projects working in the environment with groups and schools. Running outside workshops with the idea of building temporary structures, also designing gardens and implementing these ideas into practice.
CV & Education
Painting Commission for Wetherspoons 2016 - Thomas Waghorn, Chatham, Kent.
Solo Exhibition 2016 - Earthly Delights, Hastings Arts Forum, St leonard's on Sea.
Group Exhibitions 2016 - Mitsui Sumitomo, Lloyd's, London. RSM - Gatwick, Crawley (June Frickleton Arts). Coastal Currents - Observer Building, Hastings.
Community Arts Project: 2016 - 2017- Artsmark Dartford & Icon Theatre, working in schools, working with environmental issues and producing designs for exhibition & Dartford Council.
Visiting Lecturer 2014- 2017 University of Greenwich, Creative Processes & Digital Arts, Stockwell Street, london.
Solo Exhibitions 2015 - Hotel Bollaert, Lens, France (sponsored by Recreate & Medway Council). Cafe Moroc, Rochester, Kent.
Group Exhibitions 2015 - AAF Battersea with Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester. Bohemia Club Inaugural Show, St Leonards on Sea. Coastal Currents, Hastings & St Leonards.
Community Projects 2015 - Arts Practitioner for Gravesham in Bloom & LV21 project, Gravesend. Also for Aim4 Summer School, Gravesend.
2000 - 2014 Visiting Lecturer, Greenwich University. Dept of Architecture & Construction.
2009 - 2014 Art Practitioner, Future Creative, Deal, Kent.
Community Projects 2014 - Animate Arts, Queens Baton Relay for Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 (KCC). Bleinham Palace Flower Show 2014, Withy Willow & Blackbird Academy.
Group Exhibitions 2014 - Manchester Art Fair, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh. Salon International des Metiers d'art, Lens, France (sponsored by Recreate & Medway Council). Flat Broke & Berserk, Sun Pier House, Chatham. Arusha Gallery Spring Show, Edinburgh.
Group exhibitions 2013 - Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton. Salon International des Metiers d'art, Lens, France. Paintings in Hospitals Collections, London. Francis Iles Gallery, AAF Battersea 2013. Liberty HQ, June Frickleton Arts, Kings Hill. White Horses & Whitstable Yacht Club 2013 - image selected for sail.
Solo exhibitions 2013 - Reflective Moments, QE hospital, Elixir Gallery , Woolwich. 2011 - Seaflowers Exhibition sponsored by Medway Council and Arts Council England, Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester.
2012 - Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton 2012 - Francis Iles Gallery, Affordable Art Fair, London 2012 - Once I Caught a Fish, Pie Factory Gallery, Margate, Kent 2012 - Spring Exhibition, Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester, Kent 2012 - Summer Show, Sarah O'Kane Contemporary, St Annes Galleries, Lewes 2011 - Francis Iles Gallery, Affordable Art Fair, London 2010 - Selected Group Show, Camden Art Gallery, London 2010 - 'shelf' exhibition, Biennale and satellite Programme, Whitstable Residencies 2011 - The Blue House Residency Program, Karnataka, South India 2008 - Sanskriti Foundation, funded by Arts Council England Awards to Artists, New Delhi, India