New Hartford, NY
Chad Smith grew up in rural Indiana developing an unshakeable appreciation for the outdoors. Inspired by the specificity of light and weather conditions found outdoors, the artist devotes himself to the pursuit of painting en plein air. It has been said the artist’s work is “Not just ‘a scene,’ but a real statement about something, yet not forced or melodramatic.”
Smith participates in plein air events across the country winning Best of Show honors in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Upstate Invitational and various other awards. Chad has enjoyed multiple solo and group exhibitions and holds a BA in drawing and painting and MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University. His training also includes two years of classical academic atelier work along with various workshops. The artist also invests time giving back through teaching workshops and private students. Smith is currently represented in Naples Florida, Hillsborough North Carolina, Saratoga and Old Forge New York.