|Sylvia Chesley Smith|
The best thing I ever did for myself was to attend art school at Cornish Institute of Allied Arts in Seattle. There, I met and worked with people who had similar interests and points of view. Plus, I got the instruction and support I needed to take myself seriously as an artist. I have been painting for over thirty years now and have come into my own as an artist. It is who I am and what I do. There, I build my own wooden formats ranging in size from two feet to five feet. I work on wood, rather than paper or canvas, so I can manipulate the surface, adding layers of acrylic paint rubbed back to show what went before. I want to indicate that time has passed. My imagery is more felt than known. More and more it is about space and time and energy rather than a recognizable object. I donít usually draw or consciously prepare for a painting but work on more than one at a time adding color and more color. The pieces seem to take off from each other and, if I am paying attention, tell me what to do.