Tremain Smith uses the grid as a structure that she builds upon, layer by layer. From this foundation she moves freely. The lines, shapes and colors become mappings of the unseen as she seeks to visually manifest access to the spiritual.
She points out what is invisible or overlooked and is influenced by her urban environment as well as ongoing spiritual research. She then creates paintings that reflect her growth and understandings.
The mixed-media technique she uses is composed of layers of oil glazes, collaged elements and transparent beeswax. She incises, heats, irons, rubs, draws, and paints on the layers, and burns imprints of found metal pieces into the wax and wood.
Historical influences on Smith’s work come from the Abstract Expressionists. She finds inspiration from artists whose work express emotion and freedom in mark-making such as Joan Snyder, and in work reflecting inner purity and restraint such as that of Agnes Martin. Both these types of influences convey a concern for expressing the spiritual through painting.