May 15th, 2017
It seems like whatever I paint ends up looking whimsical, as if my inner child is actually painting. I believe that what we love as children guides our journey, and is our direct connection to the divine spirit.
The Atlantic City paintings have been inspired by heartfelt memories of my carefree childhood summers. When I paint them, there is a connection that transcends paint, time and space. As a child, I was fascinated by the architecture from the early 1900�s. I loved the generous woodwork, glass door knobs, button light switches and water stained wallpaper. The beach and the boardwalk fill me with inspiration as well.
Still life paintings challenge my skills as I create illusions of space and texture. They feature a cast of objects, like characters in a play that are interesting and unique for their own individual reasons. Perhaps, I like the shine or distortion of glass next to soft velvet, or the combination of patterns, or antiques paired with modern pieces. These objects speak to me somehow and I respond.
And, last but not least, I started painting the moon about 10 years ago when I opened my little shop in the forest at the Florida Renaissance Festival. The fantasy atmosphere at the festival is very free and improvisational which sparked my imagination to paint something that would fit into that genre. And, the originals glow in the dark.
I have always had a passion for making art as far back as I can remember. I attended Saturday morning art classes starting at age 9. My art training continued through high school and college where I studied fine art, at Temple University and Tyler School of Art. Ultimately, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in textile design at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, in 1981.
Aside from making fine art, I am also a decorative artist. Since 1990, I have been painting murals & furniture, and specializing in faux finish, wood grain, Venetian plaster, gold and silver leaf, and more. You can see pictures on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InDecoArtists. Just look for the palm tree. My facebook artist page is www.facebook.com/vagabondart. New page likes appreciated.
Art Shows & Competitions
Hortt Exhibit, Ft Lauderdale Museum of Art 1988 & 89
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach 1990
Hollywood Art & Music Festival 05, 06 & 07
Woodstock Art Fair - 04, 05
Greight Spaces, Art on the Boulevard - 2010
Florida Renaissance Festival 03 to 17
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire - 2013
May 15th, 2017
Suzn Smith passed away on May 3rd, 2017 at 58 years old due to complications from stage IV pancreatic cancer. In her final moments, she was at peace and surrounded by loved ones. Through it all, Suzn maintained unparalleled courage, positivity, and mental strength. In the last months of her life, she would not allow cancer to steal the things she loved and she continued to produce her art and share it with the world.
Suzn (Susan) Smith is survived by her two daughters, Sarah and Hilary… and then there is me, David Smith, Susan’s ex-husband and friend. As a labor of love, I have made it my personal mission to see her art live on and continue this website, because that’s what she would have wanted. She was the kindest person I've ever known and I loved her deeply. Susan was a great mother, wife, and friend. She had the soul of a gypsy and spent her last few years realizing her life-long dream of traveling the country and painting from wherever the wind blew her.
I hope you enjoy her art as much as she loved painting it.
Thank you for your support!
David J. Smith