Seeing where it takes her
Camden — Marianne Smith said she didn't know where her artistic pursuits would lead when she began dabbling in painting 13 years ago. Since then, the prolific artist has consistently produced oil paintings ranging from coastal scenes to still lifes to her latest endeavor, a portrait of her grandson.
"I've enjoyed seeing where it will take me," she said.
Smith will host an opening reception for her works of the past year Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at her gallery, which is located inside Lord Camden Inn on Main Street/Route 1.
"There's nothing I love more than being in my studio working," she said, looking around at the harbor scenes and still life paintings adorning the walls.
This year, she has experimented with reflections in both her still life studio work and her plein air coastal scenes.
"I'm really drawn to reflections," Smith said, noting the combination of colors it takes to achieve the proper color of reflections in silver.
Another new technique Smith has tried recently is a more gestural style of painting, which she describes as a thoughtful process during which she places "a stroke of color, then leave it alone." Up next on her expanding repertoire, she plans to delve into figurative painting.
"I love to be challenged, I'm always taking on the next challenge," Smith said.
The Gallery at Lord Camden Inn is open every day and Smith’s work will be on display through the fall season. To preview her current and past paintings, visit mwsmithgallery.com.
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.
Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.
Outside the office, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.
Stephanie lives in Washington with her husband Jeff, four children, a dog named Chewbacca, a rabbit and two chickens.