Through the Branches (2020)
Dimensions of the work alone, without framing: 15.8x11.8 in
This 30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.) painting was made just after I completed the larger (60 x 60 cm/23.6 x 23.6 in.) painting, “Berry Passage.” “Berry Passage” depicts abundant and colourful autumnal foliage that frames a little path through the forest. I loved painting the small red berries on the branches and wanted to continue to explore the interaction between branches, leaves, and berries in my next painting.
“Through the Branches” depicts a detail of this same passage and zooms in on the foliage, with little peaks of the blue sky behind. While painting, I realized that forms and colours from other paintings in my Forest Series were working their way into “Through the Branches” (see my blog post on themes for more on this).
“Through the Branches” will lend a pop of colour to any space with a close-up view of nature.
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.