This month our guest speaker is Gary Smith, who will demonstrate using soft pastels to create urban scenes.
Gary Smith's Artist's Statement:
By this stage in my life I have had many years of enjoying the artist’s life. Even when I was in business, art was my main focus and pleasure so I worked it into everything I did. My other intense interest is people. It is no wonder that the roles I have fulfilled are salesman, teacher (from grade one to the MBA at McGill University) and art coach. As you would expect I gravitate toward people in my art and have done over 2000 portraits. My murals are noteworthy and have always been adventures in themselves. I do commissions and my paintings are represented by the John A. Libby Gallery in Toronto.
My work is personal and energetic in nature. My motto is ”People Are Worth Remembering,” and that applies to pets and older buildings too.
I am not the first to say it but it is worth repeating. “The first art is the art of living”, so I live a full and exciting life and hopefully my paintings reflect that.