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 Betty Anglin Smith  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: South Carolina      Known for: expressionist low country landscape painting

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Biography from Smith Killian Fine Art:
A native of South, Betty Anglin Smith is active in the artistic community of Charleston, where she is known as a painter of Lowcountry scenes using a technique of large brush strokes and bold, vibrant colors. Her focus is expansive marsh vistas, beaches and waterways that are an integral part of the Lowcountry landscape with its mile-upon-mile of flat marshland - a challenge to her as an artist because it is a world seemingly void of the diagonal lines that artists use to balance a painting and add depth.

She has discovered that lines were to be found in the colorful shifting clouds and meandering creeks. Using large brushstrokes and eye-catching colors, Smith has worked to capture not just the physical nature of a place, but the feeling as well. Her goal with her paintings is to give the viewer a sense of the immediacy of the moment. "I can't emphasize enough just how much I want my work to look quick, impulsive, and spontaneous, like it just happened and flowed, as opposed to appearing overworked". Smith explains that the bold colors she uses give the paintings an element of surprise "so that you are not looking at something you have seen a thousand times before. It is making you more aware of the colors that are actually in the landscape", Smith explains. "These colors are there, I just exaggerate them as much as possible. I want my work to be expressionistic, whilst also remaining in the realm of reality."

Smith began her painting career well into her adult years. Following the birth of her children, who are triplets, she enrolled in art classes at the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston. "I really became serious about it immediately", Smith recalls. "It was like a part of me that I had not been able to fulfill yet. I was lost in it."

However, she reaches beyond the confines of South Carolina. Her love of broad and encompassing landscapes, which are frequently the subject of her work, grew out of a trip she took to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Colorado in the late 1970s. She found different challenges in these regions of mountains, awe-inspiring canyons and windswept deserts.

Painting by Betty Anglin Smith is in corporate collections including Walt Disney World, IBM, and Johnson and Johnson.

Biography from Morris & Whiteside Galleries:
Born and raised in the Carolinas, Betty Anglin Smith is known for her vibrant and electric landscape paintings of the region.  Smith's first artistic training came from enrolling in art classes at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina.  It was then that she found herself immersed in the process of creating a work of art. From then on, she dedicated herself to her painting, using bold brushstrokes and bright colors to define not only the physical nature of a location, but the feeling as well. Smith strives to make her works feel not only intimate, but spontaneous. She always tries to let pieces form naturally in the moment and avoid over working them or making them appear forced.

Smith's work has been collected throughout the United States, including the corporate collections of Walt Disney World, IBM, and Johnson & Johnson. She continues to live and work in Charleston, South Carolina.

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