The Jetty Gallery

The Jetty Gallery

Rhonda Smith

"I am interested in the emotional link between painting and photography, using my own family albums to explore themes of memory, nostalgia and longing. I will often find an image that inspires, then add or erase figures, or change faces, clothing and backgrounds, to create expressive, painterly portrayals of joyful and sometimes melancholy moments in life. I especially love to paint beach scenes and bathers.

 I am also interested in the powerful timelessness of the sea. I work from sketches and oil studies to create images that are richly textured, semi-abstract and layered.

My paintings are held in public, private and corporate collections throughout the UK and also in Europe, USA, Canada and the Caribbean - including those of Sir Mick Jagger, the Swiss Bank Corporation and Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

I live in Renfrewshire, Scotland where I have painted full-time for 30 years."

Glasgow School of Art  1987-1991  B.A Hons. Fine Art (Drawing and Painting)