A Mystical Approach
An Impressionist Connection to the Land
Artworks by Teresa Smith & Trish Shwart
May 21 – June 16, 2021
Winchester Galleries looks forward to featuring artworks by talented local artists Teresa Smith and Trish Shwart in our upcoming exhibition, A Mystical Approach; Impressionist Connection to the Land. Smith’s elegant brushwork paired with Shwart’s ethereal style combine to form a charming, captivating collection of works.
Trish Shwart’s recent work focuses on the connection she feels with the natural world, with an acknowledgement that she is part of a society that threatens it. The climate emergency is a very real consideration in all of her work. Her interior architecture experience developed an interest in ‘place’ which continues to be central in her art practice. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (Gold Medal) and the Emily Carr College of Art (Helen Pitt Award). Shwart has shown her work across Canada and in Australia. She has been actively involved in Victoria artist-run centres such as Open Space and X-changes Gallery. Her April 2021 show “Not Going to Buenos Aires” at Errant Artspace considered the ways in which individual art practices adapted to the limitations inherent in a pandemic.
Teresa Smith grew up in a rural area of Quebec. Her upbringing fostered her admiration for the deep woods. As a result, her work is inspired by the natural world. She graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado with a degree in contemplative arts. As she observes the natural world around her, Teresa pays special attention to the negative space between objects. Many of her large-scale oil paintings are now on display across the U.S. and Canada.
Teresa currently lives on a small island in Washington State where she enjoys riding her horse in the woods with her Irish wolfhounds by her side. From her home, she has spectacular views of the magnificent Mount Baker and the Salish Sea.
oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches