Abstraction is the art world’s Miles Davis and James Brown combined. It came along and challenged our perceptions and the way we think about the world we see. Abstract landscape painting can defy the outdated, Bourgeois viewpoint of a traditional landscape painting simply by changing the dynamic and the focus. Taylor Smith uses only a palate knife to focus light and texture in ways that transform the conceptual definition of what landscape paintings can be, and the ways they might be explored in contemporary art.

With the use of diverse and non-traditional materials on her canvas, including the wine from vineyards she has visited, Smith introduces shading as well as meaning to her landscapes. Smith leaves her brushes behind in this series and gets physical with the materials. She drips and throws a mixture of wine and paint onto flat-lying canvas to create the flowing grass and flowers found in these works. Through this more physical and chaotic process, Smith attempts to communicate a sense of quiet elegance, peace and tranquility.