Violin Study

18"X24" oil, enamel and charcoal on canvas board

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Fred Smilde

About Fred Smilde


I have a Masters in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a good portion of my life has been devoted to the study of classical music. While in the Doctoral program, amidst teaching and the good fortune of recording a CD, I decided it was in my best interest to leave. In October of 2008, after roughly 10 years of creative inactivity, I decided to paint. In the past 4 years I have found the challenges and problems one faces in the two mediums (music and painting) are the same though the technical means are different. One is faced with the utilization of space to make a comprehensible whole. So in many ways painting is just a continuation of my education.

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