Keir Smith's practice presents a constant dialogue between sculpture and painting. During his career he oscillated between these mediums; using painting to develop, sketch and document his sculptural object based forms. Drawing was vital to Smith, serving his sculpture in an indirect way, as a method of investigating subject matter and developing ideas. In the early 1980s Smith began to start turning process into performance, creating a series of sculptures and installations documenting his interaction with the landscape, often presented as compositions or images on the ground. The sources for Smith’s mature work were based in the art, architecture and sculpture of the Italian Renaissance. Smith’s stone carvings and woodcarvings were spare and direct, with clean lines and pure surfaces.