Sally K. Smith
I create charcoal from unique materials such as money, food, documents and plants. These materials have meanings that I can integrate into a drawing or painting. I have developed methods for applying these unconventional charcoals to surfaces. Most of my charcoal pieces are minimalist and conceptual. Some revolve only around pattern or gesture. The materials become a partner in my artistic process.
Many of my large oil paintings explore patterns. My patterns are largely freehand and evolve as I create them. By remaining flexible with my intentions I can decide which elements of a pattern should move forward. I also create figurative paintings. These are tethered in the world around us. I build up my paintings with several layers. This creates an engaging vibration and uncertainty. I like my figurative paintings to hover between the real and the dream. As such, old found photos often provide inspiration. I also paint landscapes related to travel.