Artist StatementIn the seven years since receiving my MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, I’ve shifted away from images as my main motivation for painting. Previously, I worked from photographs, movie images, or simply from shadows cast on the canvas itself. Without the associations and distractions attached to the representation of identifiable objects, I explore color and shape. Instead of labeling the work abstract in the usual sense, I prefer to think of it as non-figurative though it may occasionally contain suggestively representational elements. Currently, I am working in acrylic on a slightly larger scale than previously. In addition, I've begun using colored pencil over certain sections of the painting for textual definition. This gives the work an added element that is more like drawing than painting. Combining both techniques on canvas allows for varieties of depth within the composition. My approach ranges from a very structured use of shape and color to a more freeform placement that may change frequently as the work progresses. Each painting seems to require something different in terms of execution and completion; I am never quite sure how it will all turn out.
L. M. Smith played in rock bands and recorded her original songs at home for about 20 years before returning to college to take up painting once again in 2003. In 2008 she earned an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since then she has begun to show her work in the Baltimore/Washington region.