Feature Articles

March Issue 2002

Smith-Killian Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Offers New Works by Shannon Smith

Smith-Killian Fine Art in Charleston, SC, will be presenting an exhibit of oil paintings by local artist Shannon Smith. The exhibition entitled, Island Life, will be on view from Mar. 29 through Apr. 12, 2002.

Shannon Smith is a native of Charleston, and returned to her home after receiving her degree in fine art from Clemson University. She also has continued her education with workshops in Scottsdale, AZ, and in the Brittany region of France. The combination of her education, natural talents, and being a part of a highly successful artistic family has made her one of the most accomplished and collected artists under age 30.

Wherever Smith is, capturing natural light and its effects on the specific environment is what intrigues her. Whether it is a still life set on the windowsill of a beachfront home, or passersby in front of the Louvre, her painting reflects an impressionistic style coupled with realism in subject matter. "We are facing a time in our lives where we have gained a new appreciation for things we used to take for granted. Sometimes we just need to put our hectic schedules aside and take time to enjoy our everyday surroundings. Growing up in the Lowcountry for me has become a life all too familiar. I took time away from my busy schedule and immersed myself in the beauty of our barrier islands and felt as though I were seeing it all for the first time. This body of work portrays my renewed appreciation for the rustic character and simple pleasures of Lowcountry life."

Exhibiting her work since 1994, Smith already has a strong national following. What attracts collectors to her work is her sensitive approach to natural light and how that appears in a fleeting moment. She has the ability to bring in the viewer and make them a part of that moment. Her inspiration for this exhibit has come from her continuous exploration of the unique aesthetics of the Lowcountry's islands. Intertwining Smith's passion for the islands and her overwhelming strength as a painter has made for an outstanding and highly developed body of work. Join with the art community to celebrate this young artist and her collection.

For more information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/853-0708 or on the web at (http://www.smithkillian.com).

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