The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.
Agnes Martin

I draw.
I have always drawn on paper in one medium or another. Themes may have changed, but certain motifs recur and persist—circularity, linear repetition, undulations and the pattern of tree and plant forms.

This website is about establishing a dialogue between these recurring motifs.

The selected work is not intended to be thought of in terms of a journey with a concrete start and end point, but instead as a collection of images in conversation with one another, always, intrinsically, a work in progress.

I spent fifteen years as an illustrator, but am also a self-initiated practitioner who wants, in this website, to explore more personal themes, rather than work to a brief imposed from the outside. The pieces are intended to show various strands of my work on paper—abstract, figurative, exploratory and personal.

My background is in fine art, followed by postgraduate printmaking and illustration at Central Saint Martin’s. I worked for two London editioning print studios, Paupers’ Press and Hope Sufferance. I taught art and design for many years before becoming a full-time illustrator. My clients included Walker Books, Penguin Books and Eden Project Books, amongst many others. In 2006 I set up a gallery/shop—Frank— in Whitstable, Kent. Throughout this time I have continued drawing, printmaking, painting, looking.

You can get in touch with me via email:

Mary Claire Smith