Chad Smith spent his formative years exploring woodlands, streams and ponds that imparted an unshakeable love for the outdoors. The focus of Smith’s work is the changing light and mood found only in the outdoors. He can be found painting in the field year-round in every season. Smith prefers a direct yet studied approach to his plein air painting that melds the benefit of observation with sound artistic principles. It has been said that his work is “Not just ‘a scene’ but a real statement about something, yet not forced or melodramatic.”
Smith has gallery representation in New York, Colorado, California, and Florida and has shown in juried exhibitions and invitationals including: Plein Air Easton!, Easton, MD; American Impressionist Society’s 12th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational, Crested Butte, CO, Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY, Old Forge Art Center, Old Forge, NY, CNY Gallery, Cazenovia, NY, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY and the Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY.
Smith has participated in plein air painting events from the East Coast to the West. Recently, he spent a month painting and teaching in Ireland. Originally from the Midwest, Smith currently resides in New Hartford, NY with his wife, Erin.read Chad Smith’s Artist Statement