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Pamela Drewitt Smith

Sculpture and Painting

It is said that we hold five generations past within our bodies. My mother Helen was an artist, as was my Grandmother Adele. As a teenager my Mother was very generous with her art materials and let me experiment with her oil paints. To this day it is still my preferred painting medium.

I started painting again 20 years ago after the life of a Graphic Designer, which saw me work as an Art Director and designer in the best publishing houses and record companies in Sydney and London.

The common thread through all my paintings is the use of light and shade – Chiaroscuro. Light is so fleeting and abstract that if I focus on it for one brief moment in time, I can capture it for people to see.

My subject matter is the natural world and interiors. I’m interested in the interplay of light and the abstract shadows cast by sunlight falling across tree trunks and woodlands and the interplay of sunlight in everyday settings.

I’ve always done life drawing so my sculptures are just an extension to these drawings. I work from the faster, more dynamic one-minute poses to the longer held reclining poses. Drawing the model from every angle helps you understand the full spatial awareness and look for the centre of gravity that anchors the pose.

Working with the human body is a constant challenge and always inspiring. My emphasis on the body is in its fluidity of continuous line like the constant flow of energy through the body. I deliberately discard the detail and let the clay bend to the model in front of me.

Painting commissions taken.

Pamela Drewitt Smith

+61 419 266 025

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