Courtyard Studio

The Courtyard Studio is my private, working studio, not a gallery, but visitors are most welcome, and appointments can be made to view paintings, either by telephone, or e-mail. If you are just passing through Smithfield, it is always worth trying our gate bell, to see if I am at home.

I work mainly in oils, but also enjoy doing pen and ink, charcoal and crayon drawings. Smithfield has quite a few interesting old buildings, and these were the subject of a series of pen and ink drawings which I called "Smithfield Heritage".

Although I was taught to draw and paint, from an early age, by my aunt in England who was a successful professional artist, instead of going to art school, I trained and worked in London as a professional photographer and only switched back to painting years later. However, photography, especially working in black and white, trains one's eye exceptionally well in the gradations of tone, and being able to "see" a picture.

When we lived in the Cape I was lucky to have lots of help from a very successful South African artist, and also have some classes with another gifted teacher who went to America.

I love working out of doors, but sadly that is not always either safe, or possible, but lots of sketches and photographs on site are an essential aide memoire to studio work. We have lived in lots of different places, and my paintings have been bought by people who live in Canada, Europe and other parts of Africa, as well as South Africa.

Smithfield is in "big sky" country, and I love painting the endless variety of sky scenery and light. For, after all, light is probably the most important element in any painting.

Contact information

Anne Montgomery
Postal Address: 

Smithfield House, Brand Street, P.O. Box 221, Smithfield 9966.

Telephone (second): 


Brand Street
9966 Smithfield , Free State
South Africa
30° 13' 13.0548" S, 26° 31' 35.9472" E
Free State ZA

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