A Little Note About Me
Hello....I am Michelle and welcome to The Drawing Room! I am excited to have you here, viewing my works, and I hope you will find something here that will touch your heart.
Let me introduce myself...
I am Michelle "Micki" Smith, life-long resident of Springfield, Illinois. I have one son, Micah, who is my inspiration! Micah, forever keeps a smile on my face and feeds me new ideas for the drawing board. You will see him in many of my works!
Now the art.....
Life is what inspires me to draw. I believe there is so much in our daily living that just screams "put me to paper!" and that is what I try to portray in my work. Creating art is creating communication; intellectual, emotional and even spiritual communication with the viewer. I believe Picasso said it best: "Art washes from the soul the dust of every day life." The process of what I do is not as important to me as the outcome, but the journey that the piece takes me on is very important, not only to its outcome but to my outcome as an artist.
Mostly self-taught, I knew this talent was nothing less than a blessing from God. By thirteen I was convinced that I needed to draw. By this time I was almost obsessed by it and drew everything I could find. My work was still lacking dimension but thanks to a talented and perceptive high school art instructor, that problem was quickly solved. She saw in me what I had yet to uncover myself. She saw that I was meant to draw and she equipped me with the tools and techniques to do just that.
Drawing has been and continues to be a spiritual journey for me. I believe this is true for all artist. The connection to self and with God is so amazing when I am drawing. The whole world seems to change or even stand still as I work. Being an artist opens your eyes to certain gifts that others take for granted. Your eyes begin to see things from your heart's perspective. You begin to appreciate the little things, like a child's smile, a simple blade of grass, the wrinkles on Grandma's hands, flowers blooming etc. etc. The simple fact is that these things were all artistically created. The detail and design is for us to see, appreciate and give glory. This is why I dwell on the detail in my work. I truly believe that each little line represents a part of what I am drawing. If I leave one thing out, one stroke, you may not get the full meaning, or worse--the feeling--that piece has been created to represent.
"To stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf....I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen"---Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing
Graphite & Charcoal.....Colored Pencil.....Pen & Ink.....Custom Portraits...Christmas Cards...Mixed Media
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