I first saw the light of day in the 1940s and had the good fortune to be raised in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs during the halcyon days of the 1950s.
Because I spent my entire childhood around the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, its beauty and grandeur, so near at hand and accessible, penetrated my thinking.
I find it amazing that after 70 years, I am attempting to translate something of the sublime quality of Sydney Harbour into paint.
Within this context, I find myself at odds, albeit genially, with an age when artistic expression seems to be interpreted in deeply personal terms. For me the object is the subject!
The theme of my work, particularly relevant in landscapes, must be dominant. Its inherent integrity must never be compromised by self-indulgence. By the same token, a painting must be just that. The tension between the artist and his or her subject is critical to the painting’s message incorporating the synthesis of form, colour, composition and technique.
My pilgrimage in paint has been a short one. Many lessons lie ahead, and I feel increasingly humbled by the demands.
Words are cheap… so I had better get to work!
– Andrew J Smith