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Clio Artist Spotlight: Margi Smith

Artist, Margi Smith in her studio

"Sometimes we look, but it takes time for us to see.

I like to challenge my viewer to feel something deep inside of themselves each time they look at the piece. By capturing moments of beauty through art, my goal is to bring joy into every space through expressive abstraction.

'Painting is an intuitive process for me. Color and form appear and take shape as the process unfolds. My work takes on a history and story that is told and shared through the many layers of paint and marks made. Being unafraid of the "messy middle" allows my paintings to take on a life of their own. Each piece reflects my mood and the feeling I wanted to express at the time, living on in the canvas and telling a different story, a very personal story, to those who spend time with each work.

Many of the pieces in the series I have worked on over the last 12 months are influenced by my walks through beautiful country roads with dear friends throughout my small home town. I hope to reflect the love of friendship, the bond of shared roots and the beauty of nature.

Art changes the way we see and experience the world, it changes our perspectives and makes us feel at a very deep level, sparking our brain so that we pay a little more attention to the world around us as we experience it in richer ways. The power to connect through art, heart-to-heart requires fearless, wild, honest abandon in the work."

-Margi Smith

Margi Smith has showcased his work in the past Clio Art Fair 16th edition in May 2-5, 2024. Here is our short interview with the artist!

Margi, can you please describe your art in four words?

Joyful, Playful, Colorful, Intuitive

What inspires your art?

  • Digging deep inside and being playful in the process.

  • Observing nature and it's ever changing beauty in it's complex and most simple forms and finding ways to express those moments of joy.

  • Playing with color and seeing how it works together to create the feelings I'm trying to express.

How would you describe your experience at Clio Art Fair?

It was thrilling to see my work in a New York Gallery and be able to interact with other artists and talk about my work, process and journey to others who came to see my work.

Margi Smith, Written in the Stones

Acrylic on paper, 11 x 14 in


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