Michelle Smith - Drawing
"My work is inspired by life. Everything from the floral pieces to the portraits seen here today, are a result of a life lived and witnessed by me, in some way. Each piece finds its way into a drawing most often because of something I’m feeling inside.
Everything and everyone has a story, usually several stories and my goal is to tell that story visually. Sometimes the story is mine and what I create on paper is just a visual representation of me, during a particular time. I have tattooed on my wrist the Greek word meraki it’s definition is to “do something with soul, creativity and, or love; to leave something of yourself in your work”. It is there to remind me every time I draw that if I cannot create by those aspects and principles I should step away until I can.
The tools I use for creating are either graphite combined with charcoal, colored pencil, markers, gel pens or a combination of them all. My work would be categorized as photo-realism meaning a visual representation like that of a photograph, in a non-photographic medium such as pencils. My pen and marker pieces are usually a much freer and looser representation of this definition. Whatever I’m working in the goal never changes BUT if I can get the viewer to find their own story within the art of mine or my subjects, THAT brings a special kind of joy to us both."
SAA Collective Gallery
105 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Wednesday - Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
SAA Main Campus
Main Office, Studios,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
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Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM