"Freely applied, charged brushwork that tends to emphasize the simplification of form... there is a simultaneous sense of intimacy and distance caused by the combination of close-up and blurred vision that is heightened by the off-hand, casual and seemingly candid compositions. the color is fresh and serendipitous."
-Ruth Bass, Art News
"Certain pieces... stand apart. Dinah Maxwell Smith's simplified, luminous, close-in views of a stark French courtyard door, a shadow, and an adjacent window are small gems..."
— Phyllis Braff, New York Times
"Paintings of nostalgia and charm... a generally muted palette and a tersely handled technique combine to make these evocations as pictorially strong as they are visually endearing."
— John Gruen, New York Magazine