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Artist Terry Smith

Hello and thank you for visiting!

I am a multifaceted, life-long, and self-taught artist. I built and maintain this website so that you can experience my work and purchase directly from me. Please contact me with any questions or just to say hello!

I live in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. If you live within a day’s drive of Little Rock I will personally bring large or fragile art pieces to you and install them for free. Most pieces ship free world-wide. I also provide custom framing or re-framing services.

Thank you for viewing my work and please follow me on social media and share my work with your friends! I deeply appreciate and highly value your referrals.

Terry

Bio

Terry Smith was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1975. Terry grew up on Greers Ferry Lake in the foothills of the Ozarks and with his family in the Delta farmland of Walnut Ridge. The two contrasting regions deeply shaped his early bodies of work of Arkansas. A true life-long and interdisciplinary artist, Terry has been consistently creating art since he painted his first oil painting and received his first camera at five years old. Largely self-taught, he continued to draw, paint, and photograph throughout his youth. Forgoing art school, he went to the University of Arkansas on scholarships where he obtained two degrees in computer science with an emphasis in computer graphics and user experience design. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his Masters at age 21.

While also pursuing a career as a software architect and user-experience designer, he became deeply immersed into photography, particularly travel photography. During his 20s and 30s he continued his art self-education through his travels which included many trips to Europe. Terry’s photography has been licensed and published extensively with hundreds of worldwide credits that include many book covers, TV commercials, advertisements, and publications. Most recently, Terry has been combining photography and painting through image transfer techniques, shooting a new body of work using in-camera multiple exposures, and photographing his young daughter.

In tandem with his photography, Terry maintains two painting studios, one in a suburb of Little Rock and another on Greers Ferry Lake. His current work in oil and acrylic often blends abstract and figurative elements, such as in his Music Notes series. Terry works on multiple paintings across multiple bodies of work at once, typically spending several months building up multi-layered surfaces with deep texture and detail. Drawing on his upbringing as a builder’s son, Terry has been pioneering new techniques such as using carpenter’s chalk lines on canvas and using an air compressor, not as a traditional “air brush”, but as a tool to move paint on the surface after it has been applied.

Terry currently lives in Maumelle, Arkansas with his two beautiful girls, his wife Jennifer and daughter Alexandra.