JMW Turner has inspired many artists, including the French Impressionists. Smibert’s enthusiasm for Turner’s techniques has been a virtual apprenticeship and taken him to Britain many times –seeking out Turner’s exact painting locations, working with Turner’s own paints (as Tate research) and building up a private collection of historic artist boxes, paints, paper and brushes from the last four centuries, all of which have enabled him to come to his current understanding.

The fruits of this research are seen in his own art – and the many publications, tutorials and master-classes arising from it.