Chad Smith - Southern Light

Friday April 28, 2017


We are honored to introduce the work of Durham artist Chad Smith. For Chad Smith, capturing the changing light and mood of local landscapes is essential to his artistic practice.

Eno River Sunset - Chad SmithEno River Sunset - Chad Smith
Eno River Sunset - Chad Smith

Inspired by the Impressionists, who worked almost exclusively outdoors, Chad Smith integrates a direct and studied approach to plein air painting, striving to merge direct observation with artistic principles. Painting 'on the spot' allows the artist to capture the immediacy of the moment, and he likens this quality to Jazz improvisation, where brushwork is spontaneous and nuanced. His landscapes resonate both personally and visually, eliciting visceral responses from viewers.

Smith received his BA from the State University of New York and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Chad Smith has received numerous awards for his work including Best in Show Award at the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival and The Award of Distinction from The American Impressionist Society.

- Mark Donley