By Regine Malibiran
Photographs by Claire Schaper
Kelti Smith is a painter with a self-proclaimed “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” style that is both realist and abstract. Smith’s background is in traditional art — still-lifes and portraits — but she eventually felt a pull towards “free-form.” Her abstract work derives inspiration from her mother, who was a stained-glass artist. Smith continues to explore her two main styles through her latest collection, “Refraction no. 1, no. 2, etc.,” where she combines themes from both to create realistic imagery of foliage and flowers that is then distorted by the reflective nature of glass and the abstract.