2022 Fall Featured Artist

Michelle McDowell Smith

Michelle McDowell Smith is a Jacksonville, FL native, now living just south of the city in St. Johns, Florida. In the spring of 1997 she graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a major in illustration and minor in art history. Her schooling instilled in her the importance of using symbols and metaphors in her work to create emotion, depth, and meaning. She also became skilled in the use of a wide variety of materials and mixed media techniques.

The mixed media paintings by McDowell Smith are focused on layers of longstanding memories, diversity within relationships, and a peaceful sense of hope for the future. Combining collage and acrylic paint; the artwork celebrates a theme of family, trust, love and the unique individuality found within ourselves and in others.

“I purposefully don’t create a family of foxes or a family just of deer. It needs to be more expansive to be more inclusive. The people we meet along our way through life become our family too; and give our time here more meaning,” says Michelle McDowell Smith. “The figures in my paintings are bound together by trust, empathy, love and understanding. Read on…

Michelle McDowell Smith

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