April 12, 2017

My studio is located in a building that is open to the public and our studio doors are open at all times to graciously welcome the masses into our personal spaces. I also show my work on the walls of a very popular restaurant that I work at. These are the places I have...

January 25, 2017

There are many artists who can make visually pleasing work.  They can render lovely images and their technical skills are good, but they lack any excitement of emotion in their art.  My students often ask "how" they too, can infuse emotion into their paintings.  It isn...

December 10, 2016

I want to share a little part of the artist's work as a job. My oldest son, Joren Smith posted a video that sums up why I make art. It said that we are here to do more than a "job". We are not born into this world to do only work we don't enjoy. We should be doing what...

December 9, 2016

Sometimes you paint something that remains close to your heart for many years. You won't see me paint a lighthouse too often, so this is rare for me, but it was just the perfect day, out with all of my kids on a drive to P-Town to explore (cheap entertainment with 5 ki...

December 8, 2016

Yesterday, I was chatting with my friend, Peter Nielsen in my studio about inspiration. He brought to my attention that so many times people are only looking in one direction. They don't look up, they don't look down. They don't REALLY see the beauty in the world. My v...

December 7, 2016

I know this may sound so stupidly artist-like for those who have not experienced it, but when I am painting something that I am totally connected to, I immerse myself in that place as if I am there. It is truly the most amazing transcendence, that gives me peace as wel...

December 6, 2016

One of the things I enjoy painting the most is water. I love moving water, see through water, water with sun dancing on it.... There is something about the magic of making a 2 dimensional surface into something with depth and layers, something that carries a viewer's i...