Cora Smith
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Artist Statement & Biography
The inspiration for my art comes from life – an encounter, a moment captured or a glimpse of something undefined. I love to translate these things into created works that speak to the heart of a viewer.
My name is Cora Smith and I am a self taught artist. I established the Kyrie Gallery in 2004 to showcase my work and create a place for art in my rural area. The motto is "Art for Life" and my goal has been to produce work that touches lives and makes connections. I began doing commissioned portrait work in 1989 (it continues to be a passion for me) and around the portrait work, I began to pursue other forms of expression, including abstract art & sculpture. I value every opportunity to create!
Artist StatementThe inspiration for my art comes from life – an encounter, a moment captured or a glimpse of something undefined. I love to translate these things into created works that speak to the heart of a viewer.
Artist BiographyMy name is Cora Smith and I am a self taught artist. I established the Kyrie Gallery in 2004 to showcase my work and create a place for art in my rural area. The motto is "Art for Life" and my goal has been to produce work that touches lives and makes connections. I began doing commissioned portrait work in 1989 (it continues to be a passion for me) and around the portrait work, I began to pursue other forms of expression, including abstract art & sculpture. I value every opportunity to create!
Education
self taught
What I Love Doing
Every moment in life is a gift we should use wisely. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my children and now my grandchildren - there is no greater joy than that! I am an artist by God's design and am most passionate about creating art. Another great love is music. I enjoy playing as well as listening to all kinds - the piano since childhood and more recently, a bit of violin. My third passion is horses; mine help me stay active and bring a sense of adventure to my life.
What I Find Beautiful
For me, the greatest beauty in life comes through relationships, first with God and then with the wonderful people around us - parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren, couples - there is no greater thing to give or receive than unconditional love.
My Favorite Memory
It's hard to pick an absolute favorite memory. One of mine is time on a hill with a group of young people at a music event. There were hundreds of groups on the hill - thousands of people - it was evening, there were stars and everyone was given a candle to hold while the music played. I am a child of the seventies and a fan of community and unity. It was very cool.
My Favorite Art Style
Like a favorite memory, a favorite art style is difficult to choose - there is beauty in every form of art. For me, abstract/surreal art has become my favorite form of expression, but always I am drawn to realism. A well done realistic painting has a look and feel that is unmatched (even by photography) and creates a tangible presence. When that is the case, realism is my favorite.
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