semi-abstract oil painting titled On A Single Breath

Samantha Keely Smith, On A Single Breath (2023). Oil on canvas. 78 x 60 x 1.5 in.

My paintings explore the landscape of the psyche – the place where the conscious and unconscious meet. They convey a sense of place, or landscape, that can only exist on the periphery of dreams, continually coming into and out of focus. In my paintings, the existential and the personal—the exterior and the interior—are intertwined, stepping back and forth between the timelessness of dreams and the relentless cycle of change in our daily lives. The paintings hover between Abstraction and Figuration, and have both a feeling of motion and areas of complete stillness.