Laurie Russo-Smith

SACO, Maine
Artist Statement I paint with watercolor, inks, fabric dyes and acrylics on unprimed canvas. I do not plan my paintings but simply allow them to evolve as they will; with each brush stroke I get a sense of what to do next until intuitively I know that it is time to stop. I love how the colors blend and swirl unpredictably, at times, layer upon translucent layer and how vibrant the colors are when wet. I allow images and shapes to come through me as I work with the paints. I think of my paintings as visual poems or dances and consider each piece a landscape or seascape with a moon or sun above. All are inspired by a love of landscapes…the Swiss Alps, the Berkshires of W. Mass and the coast of Maine. About Laurie Russo-Smith Laurie is a graduate of American College of Switzerland, Leysin, Switzerland/1971with an Associate of Arts and Goddard College, Plainfield, VT/ 1973 with Bachelor of Arts degree. She received the Art Award 2 consecutive years at ACS. She spent many years supporting an artist collective as participant and steering committee member. Laurie also worked as a clinical case manager for the homeless in W. Mass for many years and lead art workshops and groups. Laurie has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe. She currently works creating art in her home studio in Saco, Maine, where she lives with her husband, Paul and Naomi, an 8lb Maltese.