Artist Statement
Art Statement

Art spiritually connects the inner emotional world with the physical world in which we live.  To
express an idea visually in a way that is unique and facilitates such a connection, is in the
realm of wonder and magic.  My paintings celebrate the infinite uniqueness of people, plants,
and the world in which they exist.  I emphasize the flatness of the painting surface with the
illusion of space and volume.  I often combine the contrast of something repeated that is the
same and measurable, with the ever-changing and unmeasurable forms of nature.  

Exhibits, One Person and Group

National Arts Club, New York City
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Seattle
Palette and Chisel Academy, Chicago
Brea Cultural Center, Brea, California
Stage Gallery, Long Island, New York
Poway Center for the Arts, San Diego
Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City
Neville Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Museum of Art, Brigham Young University
Springville Museum of Art, Utah
United Nations Building, New York City
The Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah

Best of Show, presented by Watercolor West
Twice winner Best of Show, presented by Utah Watercolor Society
First Place Watercolor, presented by “Best and Brightest,” Scottsdale Artists School
Purchase Award, Springville Museum of Art
Irene Modjeska Memorial Award, presented by Mid-West Watercolor Society
Arizona Art Guild Award, presented by Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
Mr and Mrs Kenneth Fisher Award, presented by Northwest Watercolor Society
Four times Utah Arts Council traveling exhibit
Show Favorite, Ballet West Invitational
Second Prize, Centennial All Media Invitational, The Kimball Art Center, Park City  
Three time winner Best of Show, Alpine Arts Council
Challenge of Champions Award, Houston, Texas
…..and others

Commissions and Permanent Collections

Dolores Dore Eccles Building, University of Utah
Arizona State Capitol Building
Springville Museum of Art
The Beehive House, Salt Lake City
Shamrock Mining & Metals
Deseret Book illustrations
numerous private collectors


BS, Brigham Young University, Education and Art; additional art studies at University of Utah,
Utah State University, Southern Utah University, Scottsdale Artists School, and numerous
workshops with prominent painters in the United States and Europe.


My life and art are melded in a mix of matters both serious and humorous.  With a husband,
eight children, and numerous grandchildren, a lot of intense living goes on around me.  I
believe this adds a dimension to my work that curators and collectors have described as a
spiritual, with a touch of whimsy.
Copyright 2006 MaryAnn Free Smith. Last Updated March 1, 2008. Email