"I’ve been involved with art for most of my life.
Born in South Africa, raised in Zimbabwe, I arrived in Canada in ‘89.
Originally studying architecture, I switched to art and kept the wolf from the door as a multi-national award-winning art director/creative director in Toronto, until moving into the country to paint full-time in 2003.
My work has been successfully shown at The Artist Project, Art Gallery of Northumberland, McMichael Gallery’s Autumn Art Event, Ottawa Art Expo, Tay River Gallery, Robert Macklin Gallery and numerous Fine Art Festivals in Canada & the US.
The work is in private collections across Canada and the US, and I’m currently represented in the US by the Westport River Gallery in Connecticut.
My new work consists of a series of contemporary abstracted and stylized basic landscapes in charcoal and oil on canvas. Colors are saturated, shapes flattened, contrast is exaggerated.
Though very loosely based on reality, they really are ‘Mindscapes’ as opposed to traditional landscapes, and my goal is to capture some of the feeling and sense of time and space that exists outside of a city environment."
Artist Website – www.mikesmith.ca