The Artist's Voice | Michael Smith

April 21, 2020
Michael Smith painting in his studio (click in to the page to access the video)
Michael Smith painting in his studio (click in to the page to access the video)

Join Michael Smith in his Montreal-based studio during social isolation, as he takes us through the process for his newest large-scale triptych, Water Into Stone, from inspiration to completion.

After reaching out to friends and family, I needed to pause and think about my own quarantine and what to do. With my studio just a few blocks away from home, I decided to keep doing the things that I love and enjoy. 


I gave myself the challenge to make an ambitious work that would require focus and determination. I also decided to record the process and produce a short movie. 

The demands of working acted as a kind of foil against the daily pandemic reporting I was listening to. Over the days and weeks of working momentum gathered and I was able to complete a large painting, 'Water Into Stone'. 

The movie I made describes my method of working and gives clues to the things that influenced and inspired me during this time. I’m continuing to work in the studio and, like all of us, doing my best to stay well, stay safe.

 

-Michael Smith

 

 

 

Water Into Stone, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 248 in.

 

Michael Smith working on Water Into Stone

 

Progress of Water Into Stone

 

Smith's preliminary studies for Water Into Stone