Joe Smernicki graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1973, having gained a High Commendation in his Post- graduate year. Since then he has worked as an Art teacher in the Tayside area, whilst continuing with his own painting. He currently lives in Montrose and has recently retired from his post as Head of Expressive Arts in Arbroath Academy to pursue his own painting activities.
The inspiration for Joe’s work comes almost exclusively from the coastal and rural environment around his home town of Montrose. The paintings reflect a dual interest. On one hand they are portrayals of a very distinctive and visually rich landscape with its fishing stations, small boats, farm implements and sheds. Equally the paintings are an exploration of colour, tone, shape and line that are brought together in a carefully balanced composition.
The combination of these interests, along with a highly distinctive and analytical style of painting results in works that possess clarity and an impact all of their own. The works show not only a physical location, but capture the feeling and essence of the place.
Hay Rake Mounted and Framed Limited Edition Giclee Art Print
by Joe Smernicki
Joe’s work is very much in the tradition of Scottish painting in the way it finds motifs and explores visual elements that have an appeal well beyond the shores of Scotland. This is reflected in a wide patron base and the number of paintings in collections worldwide.