Meet our Featured Artist, Michelle McDowell Smith
Michelle McDowell Smith, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, has always had a passion to create art. In 1997, she graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a major in illustration and a minor in art history. Her studies instilled in her the importance of using symbols and metaphors in her work to create emotion and meaning. She also became skilled in the use of a wide variety of materials and mixed media techniques.
Smith strives to create art that has a familiar narrative, yet is unique and true to herself. She works on canvas with several layers of acrylic paint and a plethora of mixed media materials (including handcrafted papers, sewing patterns, maps, old letters, pages from vintage books, and other ephemera). Her process is multi-step, involving sketching, collaging, glazing, painting, and then repeating. The end result creates depth, inspires emotion, and produces the vision which she’s seen in her mind.
The Artist’s current body of work, titled of land and sky, whimsical and free, began in 2014 and focuses on storytelling, nostalgia, and a hope for the future. The work, which has lighthearted and whimsical touches, has been shown in more than 60 juried art shows around the country. She has won best in show or best in category seven times, while taking home other awards and plaudits on 17 additional occasions.