Dr Linda Smith
SWA is a figurative artist that specialises in painting on glass. Dr Smith’s
works are mainly monochrome in nature; however, she has recently been
experimenting with ways to introduce colour with oils and tempera and regularly
attends life drawing and portrait painting courses. People are the subjects that
she most likes to draw and paint, looking for that elusive quality of pureness,
spirituality or possibly, vulnerability of character - capturing the essence of
the person is very important to her. Using photography as a tool enables her to
capture the moment that is sometimes lost when people are aware that they are
Dr Smith was born in Hastings in the 50’s, to a British father and a German mother. She left school at the age of 15, worked as an apothecary assistant for six years and then raised a family of five children. In 1991, while her children were still young, without GCSE’s or A Levels she undertook an Applied Chemistry degree at Greenwich University followed by a PhD and received Chartered Chemist and Scientist membership to the Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem. MRSC). She developed an Electronic Nose which she road tested in Kenya and became known by the media as ‘The Mother of Invention’, being interviewed by national newspapers, TV and radio.
A career with SmithKline Beecham followed as a Technical Author and editor for the RSC. In 2002, Dr Smith decided to change career, following her earlier love for art and enrolled for two years at the City Lit, studying the traditional methods of Stained Glass Art. She continued under Kathy Shaw and from 2006 -2007 studied at Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design (CSM), receiving Post Graduate Diplomas in Fine Art and Glass and Architecture and Glass. She was to follow with a Fellowship with CSM and Imperial College but unfortunately, she suffered a detached retina putting her career on hold. A series of operations followed and although her sight was damaged, she was determined to carry on with her art career.
Since 2011, she has been employed as a Sessional Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University teaching undergraduate students hot and cold glass working techniques that includes, painting, fusing, etching and sandblasting to produce fine art pieces.
She has exhibited with the Society of Women Artists (SWA), the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA), Art in the Dockyard, the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP), the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS), at the PURE Art Fair and at Conquest House in Canterbury. Dr Smith has won several awards for her work and undertakes commissions.
Her professional memberships include: RSC (1993-2010), Canterbury Arts Council (CAC) Membership Secretary (2014-2016), CGS (2006-present) and the SWA (2015-present), where she is currently a Council Member and responsible for writing the newsletter, researching and is on the selection and hanging panel for the annual exhibitions. As an SWA member, she attended the Wiki/BBC 100 Women edit-a-thon in 2016 and now writes and edits Wiki pages.