Oil with Silver and Gold leaf
Suzy Smith is a Wyoming native, who has lived in Albuquerque, NM, for the past 20 years, with stops in UT, and Northern CA along the way. She started her career learning to draw and paint in watercolor, at the local community college in her hometown of Casper, WY. Smith was recently invited to return to WY, where she had a one woman retrospective show: "Suzy Smith: Pop Realism", at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, where her work now resides in their permanent collection.
Smith continued painting watercolor still life for many years, until she moved to NM where she decided to teach herself to paint in oil, and get back to her first love; figure painting.
She paints women from a female perspective, painting the uniquely American culture she grew up with. Smith paints strong, sensual, and sometimes vulnerable women. She adds to the narrative by adding iconic Pop Art backgrounds, such as dollar signs, numbers and American flags, which all add to the complexity and design of each painting.
Smith has exhibited her work internationally, and her paintings are included in many private and public collections which include: The Museo Internacional de Arte in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Howard Tullman collection, the Dryer's Grand Ice Cream Corporate Art Collection, and the Kaiser Foundation Art Collection. Smith paints in oil and watercolor, painting female figurative work as well as still life. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and her work can be seen at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO, as well as her studio in Albuquerque, NM.