Nanno V Smith
  • Female
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • United States

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Artist Statement


   My processes are mostly intuitive. I love texture and layers. Ideas come from walks in the park, communication and from my imagination. Creating gives me a feeling of exuberance. Brushes and paint give me energy. Hidden secrets and memories of past experiences are often revealed. During solitary moments, certain colors generate warmth as I enjoy the creations. It's hard to stop creating, time flies, and I find peace of mind. Painting is one of the best parts of my day.

  The mixture of textures and colors often make it hard to tell where one color ends and another begins. Customizing my stamps and stencils gives my work its own flavor. Delightful surprises await when using them with molding pastes: repetition of circular designs, twirls, swirls, and random images. My paintings are alive with movement. The metallics feel sensuous.

  I often choose the main colors and then make a wash of the lightest two. Working mostly intuitively, I might add tissue or rice paper and add more washes. Applying textures, colors, and other materials instinctively and spontaneously, allows me to surrender control and embrace innovation.  Various textures make me want to run my fingers over certain areas of my art. Adding fibers and cheesecloth draw my eyes to various portions of my paintings.

  Because of their quick drying time, and their availability in heavy body, fluid, ink, etc., I choose acrylics. Gels and mediums change the viscosity, surface sheen, and feel of acrylics and provide new enlightening discoveries. 

  Ideas come from walks in the park, communication and from my imagination. In creating the Evolution Series, my head was filled with thoughts of daylight, infinity, both male and female genders, creation, bones, eggs and the uterus, and growth, i.e. egg to birth to adulthood, and tadpole to frog. I thought of outer space, the collision of the planets, and a black hole. Man went from bending over to standing upright. The seafloor came into view and exposed its bounty. The Evolution Series represents the harmonization of chaos and order, of simplicity and complexity, and of the awe-inspiring feeling of existence.

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At 3:14pm on December 31, 2015, Valery Semenov said…


At 12:10am on January 2, 2014, Valery Semenov said…

Happy new year!
At 6:09am on July 14, 2013, Malik Seneferu said…


At 9:48pm on May 29, 2013, Aya Sandra Kondo Smith said…

thank you very much im going to see your page :)

At 5:12pm on May 21, 2013, David Emmanuel Noel said…

Thanks for the compliments Nanno and connecting. Much appreciated! 

At 10:03am on December 18, 2012, Nadya said…
I can't wait to hang your great art!!! We love it!!!
At 7:53pm on December 14, 2012, Karen Lewis said…

Can't wait to buy a piece of yours for my wall!

At 7:24pm on December 14, 2012, Carol Strickland said…

Wow Tootsie! Your work is so beautiful!! I also really like how you name your pieces. Congratulations on getting your work out into the world.

At 4:07pm on December 14, 2012, Kim Smith said…

Great Work Auntie!

At 3:04pm on December 14, 2012, Rachel D. Tran said…


At 4:46pm on December 1, 2012, Nanno V Smith said…

Having been around art all of my life, I was always creating. I created wire art, relief molds, sculptures, jewelry and dabbled in videography. After government retirement I found more time to devote to a new love.

Nanno V Smith's Blog

Opening reception Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 from 11:30 - 1:30

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 9:53pm 0 Comments

Some of my art along with the art of several other artists will be exhibited at the Village of Friendship Heights Art Gallery.  Hope to see you at the opening reception.

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