Many artists find their inspiration in the nature around them, but few are able to represent it with stunning realism like an artist. Michael james smith. His pristine oil paintings depict a variety of bucolic landscapes as vividly as photographs. From white sand beaches to snow-capped mountains to serene crystal-clear lakes, every location has incredible attention to detail; It is only after seeing Smith’s hand in the pictures that you realize that they are paintings.
Smith comes from a “family of artists” and began painting professionally at the age of 18. His passion for the natural environment inspired him to pursue landscape painting and continue to take special care in making each place as he sees it. Nature is the only subject, as none of Smith’s paintings include human figures. Instead, her images seem to capture the serenity of a land that is untouched by people. Each is imbued with a sense of calm and peace.
To create his photorealistic pieces, Smith uses a variety of brushes to place and blend layers of color as well as to refine it in fine detail. Time-lapse videos of his process show how he transforms spots of oil paint into sun-speckled trees, feathery clouds and lush green meadows. The artist also shares the ins and outs of his masterful technique in step-by-step video tutorials via his Youtube channel.
Scroll down to see the amazing work of the artist. You can visit Smith’s website to buy original paintings and prints and follow it on Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with his latest creations.
Artist Michael James Smith creates incredible, photorealistic oil paintings of bucolic scenes from nature.
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