Joan Terrell Smith


I am an American painter from Boston now living in the Haute Vallee de l’Aude, the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Living in this region exposes the landscape painter to a world  that changes, meter by meter, and hour by hour, sunnily intimate one moment, wild and rough, almost brutal, the next. Always magnificent, it challenges the painter by its very extravagant variety. My current work in pastel and occasionally oil, attempts to capture variously those small moments of changing light on a tree, a river, a field and the broader vistas which encourage the viewer to move emotionally into and  beyond the picture plane into imagined country. 

In the Vines, pastel, 19 x 14.5 inches


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