Artist Statement

My intention when making art is to create something beautiful and pleasing to the eye but also something that entertains enough mystery to provoke thought and engage the viewer. This intelectual and emotional involvement is important as it impels the viewer to be drawn to and into the painting... looking for more resolution to the mystery...  Frankly, this is the reason my paintings eventually evolve themselves to a place somewhere between pure and near abstract.

For inspiration, I draw from a lifetime of personal experiences in natural settings. My love of sailing, in particular, has found me in many parts of the world in direct communion, and many times in confrontation, with the sea and weather. My most spiritual moments have come on the water. I paint the remembered emotion. It's this I want to communicate. And, to draw finer point, I hope to utilize as many artistic "ism's" as necessary to bring to the viewer (even if it is modest) the essence of an elevated and shared experience. 

I consider it important to meet, when possible, those who are drawn to my paintings but also to art in general.  I'm interested in the connectedness of this like-minded community.  

In Addition

Creativity and self-expression have exploded in my world in the past nine years. While art, in many forms, has always been extremely important to me it has not, until this period of my life, become a raison d’être.   


Muskingum University (Introductions to painting, sculpting and print making as well as studies in Art History)

University of Minnesota (Print Making / Lithography)

Taj Watercolor Forum, Mumbai, India (three-year watercolor painting series)

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN (four-year abstract painting focus)

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Immersive Abstract Painting                   Program, Snowmass Colorado


Helen Frakenthaler and other “Color Field” artists, but also….
Vasudeo Santu (V.S.) Gaitonde and a host of others... 
Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, Jon Schueler, Clifford Still, Edward Dugmore and the 1957/58 Willem De Kooning

MCA Show Activity

2011-2015... Venues and shows for individual paintings were made available to this artist through the auspices of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Minnetonka, MN., including the Annual Members and Abstract Shows. This also included a permanent installation (2014) of the artist's painting "Les Colours Tendre" in the Center lobby.

Private Show Activity (Major Shows Only)

"ABSTRACT STUDIES"  (SHOW) 2011, July 11-27
"Studies" was an inaugural show of paintings by Wade Smith in a new commercial location in Edina, MN for C. W. Smith Collection. 

"BACK-TO-BACK ABSTRACTS"  (SHOW)   2012, June 8-29 
This show featured nine works of this artist along with the same number of those by artist Jean Obermeier.  

"CHIAROSCURO"  (SHOW)    2013, October 3-16
Chiaroscuro was a very successful show built on the format developed in the previous year for "Back-to-Back." 

"AU REVOIR ABSTRACTS" (SHOW) 2014, July 12-19
Au Revoir... a final opportunity to say goodbye to Minneapolis friends.  

"BALANCE" ( One-Man Show) 2015, through May 1
This show featured twelve of artist's then-most recent abstract paintings all created in the new California Studio. 

"BRUSHSTROKES 2015" (Juried Show) through May 17
Brushstrokes is a presentation of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. This artist's work "Abstract with Black Banner" was one of the fifty paintings (of 214 submitted) which were chosen to celebrate the finest, current art offerings from Washington, Oregon and California.

This two-person show featured a redux of a successful Minneapolis show by the same name and featured works of this artist and Jean Obermeier... Haven Properties Gallery, San Luis Obispo

"BRUSHSTROKES 2017" (Juried Show) Similar in concept to Brushstrokes 2015 over fifty works from West Coast states were chosen. This Artist's painting "Stopping by a Wood" received a top artist award.

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