The Artist of the Month at Camden Public Library is Doug Smith of Rockland. His show, show, “A Selection of Works,” is on display for the month of September.

Smith studied at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn. and has been coming to Maine since 1988. He has traveled and painted on location in Europe, Russia, Alaska, and across the United States and has taught workshops in landscape painting.

Works that will be exhibited will include beach scenes painted in Connecticut and Rhode Island. There will be a few paintings done in Florence, as well as one each from travels to Alaska and Russia.

“Painting on location is the most rewarding experience for me because the time it takes to do a painting enriches the connection to a place, time seems to slow down, and I sometimes get the chance to converse with passersby which adds to the memory of the event,” he said.

Smith paints a wide variety of subjects including portraits, still lifes, landscapes, architecture, boats and figures. His preferred medium is oil, but he also uses pastel, watercolor and drawing media. Smith said his art is based on nature and painting from life. Whether painting a landscape or portrait, he strives to convey a sense of time, place, and quality of light.

“I am most concerned with the result and will use a variety of means to achieve the desired effect. The common thread throughout my art is a celebration of drawing, color and light,” he said.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to