Margaret Alida Smith


“I had been a landscape painter over twenty years, when one day I picked a beautiful rose from my garden and held it up against the sun. I discovered a depth of hidden colors and a myriad hues which were not visible when the sun’s rays were not focused on the front of the flower. Viewed the same way, the intricate structure of an Iris, a Peony, and every other flower instantly challenged me to try to replicate those exquisite characteristics in over-size floral portraiture. That would become my passion for the ensuing 20 years.”

Margaret Alida Smith has been painting for over thirty-five years; with the past fifteen years devoted exclusively to her award-winning florals. Smith employs a classic technique known as Grisaille (used by 18th century European painters), involving monochromatic underpainting in ‘optical greys’, and time consuming layers of color glazes has proven to be especially affective in achieving the depth, transparency, and luminosity which distinguish her flowers.

Giclée prints of the original paintings are also available.