Art pick of the week: Samantha Keely Smith

British-born New York resident Samantha Keely Smith describes her artwork as representative of "a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and emotions, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur."

Ethereal seascapes find themselves furled around the sort of galactic motifs better associated with far-flung nebulae (see hubblesite.org).

In using wave-like forms to depict the interior world, Smith touches upon associations between psychology, the study of the human psyche, and Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the sea.

Visitors to her website will find a large-scale photograph of newest complete work "Harbinger" available to view.

Mouseover the image or tap it on a touchscreen, and visitors can zoom in on a 1,900 x 1,599 pixel image of the painting to cruise around in minute detail.

After the image was uploaded on March 30, an April 27 mention from MyModernMet then led to a proliferation of the painter's catalogue across a variety of appreciative art blogs and Tumblrs, with "Harbinger" featuring on art and design magnet This Is Colossal the following day.

Samantha Keely Smith, "Harbinger" (2014): samanthakeelysmith.com/samantha-keely-smith-paintings/harbinger.php
Work in progress snaps: instagram.com/samanthakeelysmith
Facebook: facebook.com/SamanthaKeelySmithPainter
Twitter: twitter.com/samanthakeelys