colorful painting featuring gestural billowing shapes that resemble clouds

Samantha Keely Smith, The Soaring Kind (2022). Oil on Canvas. 78 x 60 x 2 in.

My work explores the dual worlds in which we exist - our inner lives and the changing world around us. The paintings represent the landscape of the psyche, the place where the conscious and unconscious meet, where outside forces and our own human nature collide as we grapple with our place in an ever-changing and reactive environment.

In 2020 this fraught relationship was brought into even greater contrast by the pandemic and the increasing urgency of our climate emergency. We have had no choice but to face the overwhelming fragility of life and how little control we have over anything. These issues are my prime focus while painting.