Brendan Smith

Following a life-long interest in art and illustration I have been painting full time since 2014.


Combining looseness of execution with sound technique, works are usually developed from black and white studies, plein air sketches and photos which are used to produce a base drawing.  Watercolour is a favourite medium but when the subject demands more detail, depth and solidity of colour acrylics, oils or gouache may be used.


I like to cover as broad a range of subject matter as possible including people, landscapes, townscapes, marine and aviation but all based on my personal experience. Whatever the subject or medium I always seek to create a sense of light and atmosphere, and a feeling of human involvement with the scene.

My acrylic painting technique was the subject of an article in the Painters Online e-newsletter and two articles published in 'Leisure Painter' magazine (November/December 2017). My article 'Gouache in the Garden' was published in 'Paint', the magazine of the Society for All Artists in July 2020.


Exhibitions and Awards

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 207th Open Exhibition 2019

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 208th Open Exhibition 2020.

(Winner of the Escoda Barcelona prize for an outstanding landscape)

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 209th Open Exhibition 2021

(Winner of the Schmincke Award for an outstanding exhibitor)

Regular exhibitions in Surrey.