Rita Smith


Rita Smith is a contemporary artist who works in watercolour, oils, pastels and printmaking. She began as an abstract painter, working on large oil paintings based on urban landscape, architecture and interior spaces. A move from London to the Southwest in 1989 brought about a major change in her life and work, and an interest in a more realistic approach using watercolours, in both interiors and still life. She found that in working from observation she could combine a sense of poetry and geometry, while exploring the complexities of spatial illusion and realism. The theme of thresholds between inside and outside linked the two approaches, with references to landscape seen through doors and windows or reflected in mirrors.

Printmaking is an important part of her work. At first she made etchings of still life, but a visit to New York reawakened her love for cityscapes, and she began a series of etchings based on New York architecture, attempting to capture the mood and atmosphere of the city. This in turn inspired her to work on watercolours of New York, London and Venice. It was also the inspiration for her to return to painting abstracts based on architectural space.

Today Rita produces a range of both abstract and representational paintings and etchings, which can be viewed on this website.





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For further information on these and other paintings and etchings by Rita Smith 

please email ritasmithart@yahoo.co.uk 

All images copyright Rita Smith and may not be reproduced in any form without permission.  Last updated November 2016