“I have always admired the beauty and simplicity of Watercolor. Its simple components are paper, brush, pigment and of course, water. When these elements come together they transform into ethereal beauty. Not every painting works, too much water, a wet mess. I remind myself, ‘It’s only a piece of paper.’ Each painting is part of the journey, practice for the next one. My peaceful garden, sunsets over beaches and mountains, light and shadows inspire me. I look for peace and tranquility.”
Jean Smyth returned to a love of drawing and painting in retirement after a 30 year teaching career. She renewed her painting and drawing skills at The Artists League of the Sandhills in Aberdeen, NC by taking classes and workshops. She also pursued an interest in Chinese Brush Painting with Loretta Moskal of Holly Springs, NC and Virginia Lloyd-Davies of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She has returned to the Artists League as an instructor and also teaches at Sandhills Community College in the Creative Living Program. Jean continues to improve skills by taking classes and workshops and then sharing her knowledge through teaching.
Her work has recently been shown at the Sertoma Art Center in Raleigh and Thyme & Place Café in Southern Pines. Her painting of “Rachel’s Hat” hangs at the Clara Mclean House in memory of a dear friend who volunteered in the Healing Garden. Jean joined fellow artist Louise Price and potter Dian Moore in a three-woman show at the Campbell House in October 2018. She designed and painted “Market Square in the Snow” the scene from which The Village of Pinehurst produced it’s highly successful 2018 Christmas ornament and cards.