Encouraged by his parents at a young age to pursue his love of art, San Francisco native artist Doug Smith brings to life vast planes of melting colors with geometric lines, the inclusion of meticulously painted farmsteads paying homage to the idyllic farmhouses of times past. The tiny scenes, brimming with familiarity and warmth, anchor the endlessly abstract landscape firmly in a believable facsimile of reality. The distorted perspective of his broken-up landscapes forms a critical connection between Smith's paintings and the viewer, inviting his audience to try to create order and logic within the farms' surreal, mosaic environment. Reflecting the ideals of the American west, the wonderfully quizzical compositions evoke a sense of boundless optimism and possibility entrenched within the comfort of the known and familiar.
Smith received his first formal artistic instruction at San Francisco City College. After working as a successful graphic designer in San Francisco, Smith continued his education at the Art Center College of Design and the California Art Institute, both in southern California. Drawing from his Californian roots, Smith evokes the aesthetics of the abstract aerial landscapes of Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud.
Smith has exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States. His art, along with eleven other American artists, was featured at an exhibition at the U. S. Embassy in Moscow in 2012-2013, and in the fall of 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Arizona. The Rockwell Museum in New York and the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia have both acquired one of his paintings for their permanent collections.