Hugh & Nedra Smith
Nedra Smith grew up on the family farm in Nebraska where the focus was farming and cooking. Art seemed more remote than reaching for the stars but somehow she glommed onto the dream of becoming an artist.
George Washington University in DC offered a classical approach to art studies. It was this disciplined approach which honed her love and appreciation for the arts. She graduated magna cum laude from GW and began a career as a graphic designer and art director, followed by owning a retail business, and yet the dream of learning to paint never diminished.
A friend taught painting at Sichuan University in Chengdu China and at his suggestion she spent six weeks in China painting and drawing with his students. This was just the immersion needed to rekindle her dream of becoming a painter.
The opportunity crystalized when she and her husband purchased a historic Virginia property and turned the caretaker's cottage into her studio. At last, it was the time and opportunity to focus on painting full-time.
Having the opportunity to study with some of the best painters in the country has been essential to her development. In addition to studying with Kevin Macpherson for 7 years she has taken workshops with Scott Christensen, William Schneider, Maggie Siner, Robert Liberace and Anthony Ryder.
In a representational/impressionistic style she paints alla prima; plein air, figural, portrait, still life and studio.
She and her husband Hugh divide their time between Destin, Florida and Washington, Virginia where they maintain a historic stone home dating from the 1700s.
She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Loudon County Sketch Club, The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and The Community and the Castleton Festival Board of Directors.
Her work was selected for inclusion in the 2013 and the 2014 National Juried Exhibitions of the American Impressionist Society. The 2014 exhibition will open at the Abend Gallery in Denver Colorado on October 2, 2014.
Nedra was included in "Ones to Collect" in SouthwestArt and will be featured in an article "Women in the Arts" in the November issue of SouthwestArt.
Guitar by Hugh Smith