About Margaret Alida Smith
Margaret Alida Smith has been an active artist for over forty-four years, with the past twenty years devoted, almost exclusively, to her award-winning florals. Her classic technique has proven to be especially affective in achieving the depth, transparency, and luminosity, which distinguish her flowers.
Studied for three years with Danish teacher, Chris Borggren, who taught the “Grisaille” (Griz-igh) techniques of the “Old Masters”, which Alida has continued to research, and develop into what has become her own unique approach to floral portraiture.
Has been exhibiting since 1982, including two one-woman shows, and two and three-women shows. Her paintings have been included in several prestigious Society of Western Artists annual shows, a Women artists of the West annual show, Oil painters of America’s National Exhibit in Carmel, The American Artist’s professional league, in New York, and several San Carlos, CA. Fine Arts Association’s exhibits. Her paintings hang in private collections throughout the United States.
Awards and Honors
Many first-place awards in various art competitions; is a signature member of the Society of Western Artists. In the spring of 1998, one of her Peony paintings was featured in North Light Publisher’s book, The Best of Flower Painting – No. I, distributed internationally. In 2007 two of her paintings were published in Kennedy Publishing’s new book, Best f America Oil Artists and Artisans, Vol. I.
Quality of Work
All of Alida’s paintings are executed with highest quality oils, on Belgian Portrait Linen canvas.