- Sep 30 2023
- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artist’s Reception with Taylor and Michelle Smith
Join us on September 30th at 3pm at the Library for a reception with local artists Taylor and Michelle Smith. Taylor and Michelle’s work will be up at the Library through October. Light refreshments will be served.
Taylor Smith has been intrigued with the beauty and peace of nature his entire life. The “deeper” into nature
he explored the better, which can elicit emotional responses to certain locations. This includes but is not
limited to various excursions in Maine and Massachusetts. Whenever a scene triggers a sense of unusual
beauty it becomes a potential subject for the artistic deconstructive process.
Paint has been an integral part of his experiences for a long time. Beginning in high school Taylor ran a house
painting business on and off and became a professional painter for about eight years before launching his
water purification business.
Inspired by the exceptional “ Van Gough and Nature” exhibit at the Clark Museum in 2016 Taylor concluded
that since he knew how to “push the paint”, he might be able to create his own paintings. He joined Michelle
in the program at the Plymouth Art Guild, and his new intimacy with paint began.
Michelle Smith’s artistic style is informed by her connection to nature. When she is inspired by a
place, her goal is to interpret the essence of the scene.
Her journey with painting started by taking lessons with June Angier in her home town of Marshfield
when she was a teenager. After she had her son and was living on the Back River in Duxbury, she
honed her photography skills which earned her awards in local juried shows. Photography gave her
the opportunity to develop her sense of composition, understand light and create a visual piece that,
well, look kind of like paintings.
In 2013, she began studying with Doro Simone at the Plymouth Art Guild. The guidance and
expertise of her teacher have allowed her to develop a technique informed by color, movement and a
heartful connection with the natural world.