Kristy Smith: Artist Statement
Colors are a language all their own, a language that is personal rather than universal. Our responses to color may come from personal life experiences or something even deeper. Whatever the source, the language of color cannot be codified into something we all imbue with the same meaning. Nor can it be explained or translated precisely into words. Kristy Smith’s body of work for Beyond Words is written in the language of color. She began each painting by selecting a color or a combination of colors that attracted her. Then the paintings evolved as she intuitively, freely responded to the colors and shapes. These responses were not conscious choices, but were very sensate and impulsive--the colors and markings speaking a language too deep for words. There is no single intended meaning in Smith’s works, although a viewer may find meaning in it. Her process and the finished works are a way to honor and celebrate life and beauty through color, line and gesture.
Image attached: Kristy Smith, Meditation, acrylic on canvas, 40” x 30”