”[Ruth Smith] became kind of a guiding star for the Danish painter Poul Horsdal, who like Jack Kampmann and Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen over time painted many of his best images on the Faroe Islands. He arrived for the first time on the archipelago late in the 1950s, where he served as a conscript in the navy. Here he landed among other places in Vágur on Suðuroy, where he mat Ruth Smith’s husband and saw her studio and the paintings she left behind.
They made an indelible impression on him and were one of the reasons that he returned time and again. In 1961 he even married a Faroese woman and up until 1973 he stayed mainly on the Faroe Islands. It was also in these years that he painted best – and most consistently, and therefore he belongs in a sense more to the Faroese arts than to the Danish. He died as early as 1981, only 45 years of age, worn out from his division between his two homelands.”
Wivel, M. (2011) Sekel. Tórshavn: Listasavn Føroya. P. 216
“Poul Horsdal, who had a Faroese wife, lived some years on the Faroe Islands in the 1960s and his imagery in those years was closely tied with Faroese nature. Like Jack Kampman, Poul Horsdal actively participated in the Faroese art scene and exhibited alongside Faroese artists. In his colourful paintings Poul Horsdal emphasises the drawing, the line, and in a constructivistic, speckled and decorative pattern the subject of the image is divided into colour-patches. In addition to landscapes he also painted portraits, figure images, still lives, and other indoor images. With wood carving he created lyrical descriptions of femininity, which were enchantingly beautiful, likewise he also worked with linocuts – and with glazed ceramics.”
Jákupsson, B. (2000) Myndlist í Føroyum. Tórshavn: Sprotin. P. 85-86