I’m an abstract painter, printmaker, and designer, which sounds rather formal. Really I just love to play with art supplies and make marks on stuff.

Hey, I'm Laurie!

On the Myers-Briggs test I am a P and a J, whereas most people are a P or a J.

This means I experience a constant inner struggle between flexibility and structure, which can be difficult day to day, but turns out to be great for art.

After a lifetime as a graphic designer — disciplined by rules: grids, letterforms, hierarchies, and construction — I transitioned to abstract painting and printmaking. Abstract art has taught me to embrace unpredictability and abandon perfectionism. Now I explore the tension between order and disorder; rules and intuition. The balance of imbalance is my favorite.

Laurie Smithwick

Some of My Recent Work