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
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Located in the H.D. Smith Gallery
In the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Tuesday - Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday NOON - 7 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM