“Colour and design brushed by a splash of whimsy have always been touchstones of my work. Primarily a colourist, I prefer the juxtaposition of shape and pigment to that of light and shadow. My paintings use stylized images known for their colourful pigment, sense of playfulness and the use of outlined shapes, together creating an image reminiscent of mosaics or stained glass.
“I continue to be fascinated by still life composition for the opportunity it provides me to rearrange and manipulate form to achieve my desired result. Since becoming a grandmother I have added fantasy creatures to my choice of subject material. Influences from artists such as O’Keefe, Calder, Kandinsky and Matisse, from Japanese woodcuts and aboriginal art, as well as from travel and other adventures, all combine to form a committed and passionate use of the watercolour medium to express my enthusiasm for life.”
An Orillia based watercolour artist, Prudence Smith obtained a BA at the University of Toronto followed by a diploma in Child Study leading to the Child Life Department in the Hospital for Sick Children. The serendipity of a summer art course rekindled a childhood attraction to paint and paper. Over the past 25 years her unique style has primarily evolved along a path of self-discovery.
Smith has exhibited in solo and group shows in central Ontario. Currently represented by several galleries, her warm and lively paintings are in private and corporate collections in North America, Europe and Asia.