Philosophy My work is about time and memory. In it, I depict intimate moments and places. Each image suggests a narrative or memory to the viewer. Through them, the viewer may connect with the piece. The subjects I choose are ordinary. This is an ordinary person doing ordinary things in ordinary places. These are stolen moments viewed usually without the subject acknowledging the viewer.
As the photographer and also the subject of many of these images, I am playing a role. I am an actor, a model. I do not consider these images to be self-portraits.
My primary inspiration for this body of work is Carrie Mae Weems and her The Kitchen Table series (1987 - 1992). Style I work primarily in Black & White.
Technique I am working with a 35mm digital Pentax camera with 31mm and 43mm lenses. I use a tripod and the camera's self-timer to include myself in my images.
Background I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. My art work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, the collection of Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, and in private collections.
Selected Articles / Publications / Reviews • 2014 Barnard, Elissa. "Winter Gardens through the lens and brush", The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia • 2009 Watson, Kate. "'To Bev,' and signed 'Tom'", The Weekly News/Halifax News Net, Halifax, Nova Scotia • 2006 Barnard, Elissa. "The coast is clear for photographer Smith", The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia • 2002 grain magazine, Vol. 29 No. 3, Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Regina, front cover and back, Winter • 1996 Cropas, Nyna. Roxanne Smith: Sub Rosa, Visual Arts News, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Winter • 1996 Cropas, Nyna. Sub Rosa, Exhibition Catalogue, September 19 - October 27, 1996, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia, Canada • 1995 Elgstrand, Gregory. On The Cut, Exhibition Catalogue, April 25 - 29, 1995, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada • 1991 Atlantis (A Women's Studies Journal), Vol. 16 No. 2, Institute for the Study of Women, Halifax, front cover, also pp. 2, 76, 91, 97, 114, 116, 119 • 1991 Wolf Ladder (by Don Domanski), Coach House Press, Toronto, front cover, also frontispiece, and chapter heading decorations • 1990 Atlantis (A Women's Studies Journal), Vol. 16 No. 1, Institute for the Study of Women, Halifax, front cover, also pp. 2, 119 • 1990 Domanski, Don. Preservation of Hope, Exhibition Catalogue, March 30 - April 29, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia