Through the use of a muted, restricted palette and delicate mark-making, Rosie Smith seeks to portray lightness in a world where prejudice and terror is often at the forefront of our society. Observation of human connection plays a major role within her practice; it is the connections that we make with others that play a part in our progression, or incidentally, regression through life. This idea is particularly tied to the sights Rosie witnessed when visiting the now deconstructed refugee camp in Calais; likewise to other harrowing events reported around the world.
There is also a reccurring focus on mountains throughout Rosie’s work. When we hit troubled times we often find ourselves yearning to escape to a more serene landscape. The mountainous landscapes explored in Rosie's paintings evoke the sense of lightness felt when breaking away, both physically and mentally.
Rosie Smith studied for a BTEC National Diploma in Theatre Arts, BMETC, at Sutton Coldfield in 2014. She went on to graduate in 2017 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art ( 2:1 Upper division) from Falmouth University.
This newly emerging young artist is being shown commercially for the first time by the Porthminster Gallery in St Ives.