Gay Smith

Drawing and painting, Mixed media
Red Tulips in jug with oranges - Acrylic on canvas 44 x 44 cm

I originally trained as a Jewellery Designer at the Berkshire College of Art, Maidenhead and set up my small business designing and making bespoke Jewellery in Silver & Gold, and selling my creations under my previous name Gay Crichton-Miller. I joined Open Studios in 2000 and have enjoyed having the opportunity to exhibit and meet so many other artists.
A few years ago I made the decision to retire from Jewellery making, due to ageing and arthritic hands! Life Drawing classes with Arran Miles led me on to wanting to paint. For the last few years I have been on a journey of discovery which I have found immensely rewarding.
I discovered that Acrylic paints were the medium that suited my style. I love colour and texture and the freedom they offer. I am trying to develop a bolder approach by using bigger brushes and a palette knife and experimenting with mixed media and collage. I enjoy painting what’s around me and being a keen gardener am inspired by things in my garden, particularly flowers like irises and tulips because of their colours and structure. I have been experimenting with abstraction and feel I would like my work to veer more in this direction. I’m striving to find my own style and I do find I am influenced by other artists and sometimes emulate their methods – one of my tutors gave me this quote, from a French writer, “ Everything that needs to be said has already been said, but since no one was listening everything must be said again."
I have been teaching myself to use a drawing app on my iPad and find it a useful drawing tool/sketch pad.
I am a member of a local U3A Art Appreciation group so enjoy studying other artists work and visit as many exhibitions as I can to study and be inspired. I have also recently joined Newbury Art Group and look forward to exhibiting with them as soon as life get’s back to normal.

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Xanadu, Westbrook, Boxford
Westbrook, Boxford
RG20 8DJ
Take fork to Westbrook from Boxford. Approximately 300 m on left