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ADRIANNE SMITS

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Adrianne Smits is a painter ecologist (University of Washington Ph.D, Ecology ‘17, Yale, BS Biology, painting ’10). She spends months at a time conducting scientific field research in the natural systems that inspire her paintings. On assignments to remote parts of world such as Alaska or SE Asia, she collects more than numerical data from these diverse habitats. She locks into her memory the visual experience of prolonged immersion within a natural landscape, aided by a single watercolor sketch. Upon her return to her downtown Seattle studio, she begins monumental paintings in order to capture this human response to a vast, infinitely complex nature.  The paintings grow from her memory of this initial encounter, over a period of 3 months.  Each time she recalls a landscape in her mind, the imagery alters slightly, integrating more recent experiences within an urban setting. By the end the painting takes on a flattened, more vibrant and mystical quality, suspended somewhere between reality and story.


Her passion to paint monumental  landscapes are derived from her desire to recreate immersion within these wild places. It is about being surrounded months at a time, encapsulated in the trees, shrubs, watersheds, and undulating topography. There is no vista, just the canopy of nature around her. She harnesses these spiritually grounding emotions and translates it into her canvases. It is about locking in a “good memory,” of what it means to co-exist with nature on this planet.

Church Mountain

2015, Oil on Canvas, 8.5 ' x 12 '

Dry Winter

2015, Oil on canvas, 8' x 12' SOLD

Dead Firs

2015, Oil on canvas, 8' x 12'

Dry Creek

2014, Oil on canvas, 8' x 12'

Ravine

2013, Oil on canvas, 8' x 12'

Black Oak

2013, Oil on canvas, 8' x 10'

Y Tree

2012, Oil on canvas, 8' x 10'

Late Fall Triptych

2012, Oil on canvas, 8' x 18'

Dear firs

2015, Oil on canvas, 8' x 12'

Exhibition at Museum of Northwest Art

Watercolors

Oil Paintings

Maple Study, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 11" x 14" $1,400

Dead Firs, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 10.5" x 15.5", SOLD

Fallen Oak, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 15.5" x 11", SOLD

Canyon Oak, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 10.5" x 15" $1,400

Madrone Ridge

2015, Oil on Canvas, 8.5 ' x 12 ' (Dyptich)

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Untitled, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 15.5" x 11", SOLD

Untitled, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 15.5" x 11" $1,400

Church Mountain, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 10.5" x 15.5", $1,400

Untitled, 2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 10.5" x 13.5", SOLD

Drought Summer, 2015, 10.75" x 14.25", watercolor and gouache on paper $1,400

Church Mountain II

2016, Oil on Canvas, 8.5 ' x 12 ' (Dyptich)

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