November 22, 1916 -- March 7, 2004
Lawrence C. Goldsmith’s work has been described as lyrical semi-abstractions of landscapes and seascapes. He enjoyed "seeing what I can do in pushing ahead with concepts and techniques." Artists Magazine described his paintings as "capturing the spirit of landscape."
His book, Watercolor Bold & Free, published in 1980, was in print for twenty years and sold more than 80,000 copies. A second book, Lawrence C. Goldsmith: A Life in Watercolor, with a foreword by Mel Gussow, an essay by Carl Little, and illustrations of 62 of Goldsmith’s watercolor paintings, was published after his death in 2004. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society and he painted for 40 summers on Monhegan Island, Maine, while living in Vermont the rest of the year.
"My aim is to pursue the magical qualities of watercolor to attain the emotion of a scene. The human response to nature, not nature's photographic details, should be sought and permanently recorded in this aspect of art. Its joys are endless. I do try to establish the essence of a landscape or seascape, its sea or sky or hills or flowers, but then I leave the painting's deeper meanings to the imagination of the viewer."