September 2021 Edition

Artist Focus

Artist Focus: Anne Goffin Smith

A focus on the artwork of Anne Goffin Smith

Anne Goffin Smith was born in Belgium, attended Georgetown University and earned her master’s degree at Pratt Institute’s School of Art and Design. She currently works and lives in New Jersey with her husband, Leon.Afternoon Reflections in Giverny, oil on Belgian linen, 48 x 48"

These past 18 months have undoubtedly affected many of us, including artists like Smith. “We were forcibly taken out of our comfort zone,” she says, “and our habits and routines were altered as we were confronted with unforeseen events. A gamut of emotions surfaced: we mourned, celebrated, laughed, cried, danced, rested, experienced pain and found healing. We became introspective. We did so by ourselves, with family, with strangers and with nature. New spaces were opened within us.”Summer Stroll, oil on Belgian Linen, 60 x 48"

In March 2020, Smith began pulling out unresolved canvases and addressed them, quietly and without expectation. “I removed from my mind thoughts of how I was supposed to paint, removed old rules I held myself to, and decided to let intuition lead me and see what would land on the canvas,” she explains. “I pulled out palette knives, large and small brushes, moved paint around the canvas, looked at edges, merged colors, listened to music and played with line. I made collages, poured acrylics and resins, took photos and pasted papers. In short, I devoted time to create art, enjoyed the process and purposefully set aside energy to being in my studio, rediscovering the quiet confidence within my soul.”Blue Haze at Perry Cabin, oil on canvas, 48 x 36"

Smith will be presenting her art in a solo show at the Mueller Art Gallery at Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey, from October 14 through November 28. —

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Represented by The Mueller Art Gallery
120 Bloomfield Avenue | Caldwell, NJ 07006 

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