Celia Forestal Smith has lived in Moray, Scotland for over ten years. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Trinidad, West Indies, Celia went to school in Wiltshire, England, before undertaking a Creative Arts degree in Nottingham and settling in London where she studied at Central School of Art.
After many years travelling, Celia settled in the Lake District in 1996 and Scotland in 2004 with her husband and two children. Here she completed a Masters in Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.
Celia’s art is enriched with a deep appreciation for nature and landscapes, saying that “observational drawing and painting is the most effective and powerful way of deeply connecting to nature. It allows a process of slowing down, of appreciation and awe. It is soul nourishment.”
Exhibiting and teaching for many years, Celia’s work ranges from graphic illustration to highly abstract, capturing the spontaneous and intuitive nature of living in the moment – a type of expressive freedom. Founding Elemental Community Arts in 2008, Celia has worked extensively with local schools and community groups in the Highlands and Moray. These days, you will find Celia working in her Forres-based studio, teaching groups and individuals at local venues and exhibiting widely.