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Jeanie Smith was born into a family of artists, beginning her art appreciation after seeing a Van Gogh exhibit at the age of seven. Featured in solo exhibits and group shows in Oregon and California, Smith was presented with the Patricia Burman Most Original Painting Award in 2004. She is a member of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council and actively supports the Museum at Warm Springs. She divides her time between Warm Springs, Oregon and Palm Desert, California with her husband Ken Smith and their silky terrier, Benni.
"Sharing the soul of a painting is like opening up one's spirit, like a breath of life. As an artist, the act of painting often comes to me without planning or preparation. Painting, to me, is based on intuitive surrender. I start with a feeling or ideas, and it manifests itself into tangible images. Negative space can become as important as the more obvious intention. Colors affect the mood of the image as it morphs into a new symbolic representation.
In the beginning, I used to think my paintings were not about personal issues. That has changed. It's all about what is going on in my life, your life, and the life of others, subject to translation by the viewer.
Each painting tells a story or can be described as a visual parable. The paintings identify compassion, empathy, the celebration of diversity, showing the connecting web of all beings, regardless of cultures or species. Some multiple panel paintings can be hung in different sequences resulting in new interpretations.
Much insight has come to me from the mystical work of artists such as Nicki de Saint Phalle, Henri Rousseau, Afredo Arveguin and Jean-Claude Gaugy. Travels to Mexico, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the Caribbean, Belize and France have brought me inspiration."
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