Miriam Smithers,  Dublin

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No Ordinary Day
No Ordinary Day, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 60 cm
Who's That Girl
Who's That Girl, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 50 cm
Theatre Night
Theatre Night, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 50 cm
The Butterfly Thief
The Butterfly Thief, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 cm
Take me Home
Take me Home, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 50 cm
Strolling... Stephen's Green
Strolling... Stephen's Green, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 70 cm
Shopping for Chloe
Shopping for Chloe, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 cm
I Love Paris
I Love Paris, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 cm
Girl in the Red Coat
Girl in the Red Coat, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 cm
Devil in a Blue Dress
Devil in a Blue Dress, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 cm
At Last
At Last, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 cm
A Paris Valentine
A Paris Valentine, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Miriam Smithers Art (Download The Catalogue)

Miriam is a Contemporary Oil Painter. She takes inspiration for her work from looking at the human form and how we as people interact with each other, taking photographs of unstaged gestures and using these photos as reference to her work. How we see people visually, their posture, emotion and how we engage each other or don't as the case may be. The tangle of human relationships in everyday life, chatting casually or intimately and a cafe, waiting at the bus stop in the rain, shopping or embracing. Miriam's paintings tell a story, a fragment of their lives capturing a moment or a mood in the otherwise busy life.

I initially apply a vivid wash to the canvas with acrylic paint. The preliminary drawing is done in dark acrylic paint ensuring all details are captured. The paint is applied in a thick impasto style with a palette knife in quick bold strokes, not worrying too much about covering every part of the canvas fully and letting the colour come through the painting. This adds dramatically to the atmosphere and mood of work. I work with a full colour palette mixing and blending as I work through the painting, creating the scene and leaving the viewer to continue the story alone…