Jennifer Smithwell was at a wrecker shop when something caught her eye. 

The Toronto painter has been using a palette knife lately, on a canvas panel. “I work at getting the temperature and tonal balance done correctly in the underpainting, then add the local color,” says Smithwell. “I was looking for something with interesting shapes and colors that was not classically beautiful. I have been looking for grittier subjects lately. I think that the unusual subject allows me to be more free and abstract in approach, because I am not so concerned about making it classically beautiful.”


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