Winter Path (2021)
On a cool morning in late December 2020, I took a walk in the dune forest in De Haan, along the Belgian coast. Bundled up with hat and gloves, I inhaled the crisp air and felt the sun on my face shining through the bare winter trees.
As I walked I noticed a path to my right, long and narrow and brilliantly sunlit. A mother and child ahead of me turned and jogged down the path in sync. I watched as they disappeared into the sunlight and knew this would be my next painting.
This winter colour palette includes dark purples and lighter mauves. It displays a mix of the darker harsh winter colours against soft yellow, brown, and blue tones.
Laura K. Smith (1989) is a Canadian landscape painter based in Brussels, Belgium. Inspired from a young age by the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art movements, Laura studied studio fine arts, art history, art theory, and philosophy for over a decade and is now pursuing her own painting practice professionally.
Laura holds a Ph.D. in Literature from KU Leuven (Belgium), a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmith’s, University of London (UK), and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Fine Arts with honours in Art History from Bishop’s University (Canada). Laura has worked in academia as a post-doctoral researcher and as an art consultant, gallery assistant, and researcher including in internationally renowned art institutions in Europe and Canada.
Peaceful, joyful, strong, colourful, dream-like, and haunting are some of the ways in which Laura’s paintings have been described to her. Using acrylic on canvas, Laura paints colourful landscape scenes of her home country of Canada and her new home country of Belgium with the aim of sharing the joy that she experiences in the practice and appreciation of art. Complementary to her painting practice, Laura writes about her painting process and inspiration in her biweekly blog, available on her website.