Carl Smith is an abstract landscape painter who lives and works in East Austin. His landscapes explore composition and texture through the use of heavy impastos and aggressive brushwork, spontaneously creating personal paintings with a strong emphasis on form and emotion.
From 2010-2011, Carl studied studio painting and drawing at the Dougherty Arts School and the Laguna Gloria Art School while also studying privately with local artist Philip Trussell. In the course of his studies he dabbled in different styles of painting before deciding to focus on abstract landscapes. He feels abstraction places emphasis on emotion and direct creative decision-making resulting in unique paintings. His color palette emphasizes a capacity to express a light and heat found only in Texas and the southwest.
Carl's work creates an imagery that could only emanate from a landscape as vibrant as Texas. In his paintings he seeks to explore abstract art's capacity for expressing human emotions and beauty through the mysteries of light, color and form.