Grant Smith

"There is no state of mind more excellent or more intense than the state of aesthetic contemplation." ~ Clive Bell, English Art Critic

"Contemplating our local landscape and native animals, recording what I see and feel with puddles of watercolour or touches of oil paint, is a rewarding way to spend time. Perfect moments are captured by clarifying one’s intent and by simplifying the subject."

A Few Thoughts about the Artwork in Grant's solo art exhibition in the art gallery from May 4 -28, 2022:

In my recent artwork, I have spent time in reverence of our local predators. Bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, Canada lynx, wolverines, foxes, pine martens and badgers - their sentiency approximates our own and their physical beauty is tremendous.

Also, I have reflected on what we were all taught in school, that predators keep a herd of prey animals from getting too large by killing the young, the old, the sick and the injured. However, the balance between predators and prey animals is a precarious one, easily upset by the loss and destruction of suitable habitat.

And finally, Kimberley and Wycliffe are home to many distinctive pine and fir trees. Many of our local trees chronicle hard-lived lives growing atop the Buttes in Wycliffe or witnessing the growth of Kimberley as it has changed from a mining town to one of recreation, retirement and new families.

Part of Grant's solo art exhibition will be a free series of introductory art demos on May 16 (Drawing), May 18 (Watercolour), and May 20 (Stencil Printing).