The study of Aikido and many visits to Japan have contributed a great deal to Tony Smibert’s practice as a painter. The energy and movements of martial art are seen in the brushwork and aesthetic for which he is noted. Mid-winter-mountain-trainings (called yagai kan geiko) have also helped him to better understand the deep engagement with Nature known as The Sublime, for which many European artists including Kaspar Friedrich and JMW Turner were noted, during the first part of the 19th century.