"I am always working on the same thing:
landscapes that show the changes in color that take place in different
seasons, or the light and impressions of movement in a space. I want to
grab that special moment: the one that comes along and makes you stop dead
in your tracks --- and then makes you glad you can see. My subject matter
has always been the light that infuses a scene. I'm interested in both
seasonal changes and in different times of day. Some of the smaller
paintings are done as sketches for larger work, but often enough end up
standing on their own."
For 28 years, Mary Smith ran a successful
landscape architectural firm in Quincy, MA. Many of her projects were
published in national and international magazines, including BOSTON HOME
Magazine, Country Homes and Interiors in Great Britain, and in a special
edition on landscape architect's own gardens in Landscape Architecture
Magazine. After selling Mary Smith Associates, she has refocused on her
first love: watercolor painting, something she's been doing on a regular
basis since she was five.
She became an artist member of both the SSAC
and the Copley Society in 1975 and had her first show with Connie Pratt in
1976. She studied “plein-air” painting with Murray and Elaine Wentworth
for several years and credits them with her habit of keeping an extensive
collection of field sketchbooks, a constant source of inspiration and a
record of work that goes back 30 years. Going out to paint with them in
all kinds of weather forced her to sketch compositions quickly and then to
paint fast. The paintings show a deft hand and confident brushwork. Later
studio work with Mary Lizotte gave her the confidence to expand her
palette. It's almost impossible to paint watercolor and not be influenced
by John Singer Sargent. But other artists have also had an effect on her
work as well. Wolf Kahn, Edward Hopper and David Dewey are favorites. In
the last few years she has had the opportunity to paint in Italy and to
study with Matthew Daub, a well-regarded watercolorist from Pennsylvania,
who has an eye for detail and an appreciation for the work of Andrew
"In 2006, she completed a series of twenty paintings in the
Quincy Fore River Shipyard. As the area changes over the next few years,
this group of paintings will serve as a record of the shipyard from an
artist's point of view unlike any other. The work was shown in June of
2007 at the Thomas Crane Public Library for the celebration of the 125th
Anniversary of the opening of the Library.
In 2000, she became an
associate member of the New England Watercolor Society, and won first
place in The Quincy ArtsFest for watercolor. In 2004, she won second place
for mixed media in the same show. And in 2014 she won 2nd place for
watercolor at the Quincy ArtsFest, and was accepted to the New England
Watercolor Society’s 14h Biennial North American Open Show in Plymouth.
She has had a number of shows over the years and shown in many galleries.
Mary Smith had a solo show at our Gallery which opened on November 16, 2007. You can see the paintings 'here'.
And also in February 2015, and you may see the
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