Hugh & Nedra Smith
Nedra Smith was born and raised 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.
In the 70's George Washington University taught a classical approach to studying art. At GW you studied every muscle and bone in the body, learned to draw the human form from models, learned to apply the materials and techniques of the old masters. It was this disciplined classical approach which honed her love and appreciation for the arts.
After graduating with honors, a career as a graphic designer & art director was followed by owning a retail business and yet, the dream of learning to paint still lingered.
A friend taught painting at Sichuan University in Chengdu China and at his suggestion she went to China to paint and draw models with his students. This was just the immersion needed to rekindle the dream of becoming a painter.
Still it was several years before she could pursue painting on a full-time basis. The opportunity unfolded when a caretaker's cottage on a historic property she and her husband purchased in the Virginia country was turned 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 key to her rapid development. Nedra has studied with Kevin Macpherson for 7 enriching years filled with painting experiences around the world.
Scott Christensen, Anthony Ryder, Robert Liberace, Maggie Siner, William Woodward, Henry Wingate, He Gong and Melinda Morrison have also been instrumental in her development and growth as a painter.
Nedra's style is representational. She paints alla prima and all subject matter, plein air, figural, portrait, still life and studio.
Nedra lives with her husband Hugh. They divide their time between Destin, Florida where they own Smith's Antiques and Washington, Virginia where they maintain a historic stone home dating from the 1700s. They also manage her family's organic farms in Nebraska.
She is a member of the National American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Loudon County Sketch Club and the Rappahannock Artist Association.
One of her paintings was selected for inclusion in the 2013 National Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society in Charleston, South Carolina. She has also been highlighted in Southwest Art.
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