George Smith ARTIST BIO
Born in 1946 in Santa Monica, California, George Smith has been influenced by the sea—it's color, it's power and it's texture. "I've always loved the ocean," Smith says from his Cazadero, California retreat. "I see myself as an inventor of sorts, and that's the way I create art."
Clearly breaking new ground in this Colorists' technique, honed over 37 years, it centers on oil pastels, an uncommon artist medium. "Being in a clear frame of mind is central to my painting—landscape or wave—feeling the emotions—it's something more than the subject going on."
The materials used are simple; oil pastel sticks (Holbein and Caran d'Ache brands), blending stomps, and a single razor. No turpentine, no mediums, no brushes. Just pure pastel technique.
Oil pastels, 37 years of color and art refinement, and the love of the ocean all have fused into Smith's sweeping depictions of nature.