Allyson Smith

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a painter and I work with color (paint) primarily.  In making my paintings I tend to work spontaneously: in a moment, an action, a writing, a gesture- emphasizing fleeting time.  I find myself constructing, sometimes playing with the materials in hopes of creating some kind of presence in the room. 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by my everyday experiences and my overall experiences with loved ones and nature.  I love the water and I feel most creative when I am close to the ocean.  The edge of things.  I find people are also very often on the edge themselves, at the edge of the water in a sense.  A start and an ending constantly.   

Also, I like the early morning hours and dusk and find times of fast changing light inspiring.

What themes do you pursue?



Time- fleeting-Repetition/cyclical

Construction, play

Home, love

Why Art?

Adding something makes us exist more fully in a sense.  We put things together with what’s in front of us and make something new (hopefully).  It seems so basic.  Constructing something with the hope that it changes something in someone or makes them see something new.  I do believe in the ability of art to be transcendent, to lend moments of connection.  To take us away from ourselves and at the same time make us understand our situation better or anew. When things line up right viewing art can be both a new experience and like revisiting a memory.

Name some artists you would like to be compared to.

That’s a tough question! Some of my favorite artists are:  Amy Sillman, Elizabeth Murray, Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly, Judy Pfaff, Rebecca Warren, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Mary Heilman.