About Brendan Smith

About Brendan Smith


Following a lifelong interest in art and illustration I have been painting full-time since 2014.

Combining an apparent looseness of execution with sound technique, works are usually developed from black and white studies, on-site sketches and photos which are used to produce a base drawing. Watercolour is a favourite medium but when the subject demands more detail, depth and solidity of colour acrylics, oils or gouache may be used.

I like to cover as broad a range of subject matter as possible including people, landscapes, townscapes, marine and aviation but all based on my personal experience. Whatever the subject or medium I always seek to create a sense of light and atmosphere, and a feeling of human involvement with the scene.

I have exhibited with the Guild of Aviation Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries and with the Society of Graphic Fine Art at DRAW 16. I regularly participate in successful exhibitions in Surrey as well as undertaking private sales and commissions.

My acrylic painting technique was recently the subject of an article in the Painters Online e-newsletter and two articles published in 'Leisure Painter' magazine (November/December 2017).