Patricia A. Smith

Artists are barometers of their own personal experiences, perceptions, perspectives, and feelings. We respond to people, places, and events and art is often the reaction to some or all those things that actively live together  inside our heads. Sometimes, we dig into our past and try to figure out or make sense of the unresolved; other times we react spontaneously to the here and now. Then we get asked to make profound statements about our work and what we are trying to convey. So, for those seeking an “Artist Statement”, here’s mine:

“I think my art speaks for itself (at times, quite literally). As much as I might “say” in a particular piece, I can promise you that there is a lot more than meets the eye. My abstracts are intuitive expressions of my emotions and the puzzle pieces of my life.

I love the interaction of wordplay and art and utilize it subtly (mostly) and sometimes literally, liberally and deliberately. My “Message Paintings” come with serious overtones or a (sometimes twisted) sense of humor. They poke fun at the assorted things that make up the human condition. Many of them are too clever for their own good (or mine). Let’s just say they are definitely an ongoing exercise of my right to free speech. My mouth, pen, and paintbrush are the equipment I use to exercise my very active thought process. You’re welcome.

If my pieces could really talk, I believe a few of them might say, ‘STOP being so concerned about what other people will say or think if you bring me home’ or ‘Go ahead. I dare you to hang me over your boring, beige sofa!’ They would also say the very same thing about me as a human being. I’m picky about who my art hangs out with or on whose wall it ends up hanging. Fair warning.

Please remember that your right to like, understand, disagree or dislike my art (or that of any other artist) is EQUAL to each artist’s right to create it, including my own. If you have trouble understanding this notion, please go back and reread the First Amendment.

I can’t think of a better way to end any statement than that.”

Patricia A. Smith


Special thanks to Brad Miller for his photography. Miller’s photos altered and catapulted the image of Mercedes Benz, while changing the face of commercial photography with his use of “liquid light”. Brad’s photos have graced virtually every publication on the planet. Brad’s latest venture is fine art photography; his images are a joy to behold and his most recent work can be viewed at