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About Stephan Smith


I am a painter.  I have a love of paint and digital media. Whether I apply paint or pixels, my work is simply to bring vivacity to the scenes and objects that resonate within me.

On canvas, I'm drawn to the innate beauty in objects that deserve a stage. They may be things from childhood that present tender memories or places that I want to revisit again. The crashing of colors, the thickness of paint, and the layout are not subtle but try to keep the eye moving from one point to another or around in circles as if viewed by an excited child. The abstracts are purely expressive and take me far away from reality. They are images that come to me in the dark of night. It is as if they are trying to be seen and wish to be rendered.


In digital media, I select images based on a whim or passing interest. I push, pull, extract, buildup, and degrade. I don't know where this process takes me until I land on it. The digital realm allows for speed and serindipity. And, I only stop when I feel it is something that visually gives me an end point.


I hope you enjoy the portfolio containing some of my work. For more information on the gallery or work you wish to be commissioned, I can be reached at 503-432-5165 or


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