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Larry Smith is an American Impressionist painter. He studied painting and visual design at Auburn University. He worked in some of the top advertising agencies in the SE , and his wife Pam had their own agency in Atlanta, GA. for over 20 years.
Larry's first love (besides his wife Pam) has always been oil painting. In 1995 Larry began focusing more of his creative attention to oil painting. Now a days he and his wife Pam spend their time painting, showing their art in juried art festivals, teaching others and running their new art gallery — 2 Smith Art Gallery in Historic Downtown Duluth, GA.
For inquiries about original art, color prints, portrait or commissioned work simply e-mail or call. To see his collection, come by 2 Smith Gallery, located on Main Street in Duluth, GA. Or drop in to share a cup of coffee, talk about the meaning of life, art, or simply to smell the paint and see new works in progress, call or e-mail Larry.
How did you do that?
Larry's painting process begins by completely covering a stretched, gesso-coated, canvas with another coat of gesso. He then rubs in a mixture of Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil and Raw Umber oil paint to tone the background to a soft brown. Most paintings begin with an underpainting of complimentary colors. What will be seen as green is first painted red. The effect makes for stronger greens. Winsor & Newton oils are his paints of choice. He uses Liquin impasto to give the paint more body. Larry prefers to use a variety of Silver Ruby Satin filbert brushes (numbers 1 through 6), but often will apply paint using a variety of palette knives. He likes to paint wet on wet. And strives to initially completely cover his canvas with paint in one extended sitting.
Larry loves to study art of the Impressionists and is always learning by reading books on painting styles and techniques, visiting museums, and watching videos. He has also discovered a gift for teaching others how to paint.
Many of his paintings are results of years of backpacking remote hiking trails throughout the Southeast and West. His love for God and the beauty of God's creation is a driving force in many of Larry's paintings.