Believer, artist, curator, caregiver, missionary, world-changer, intj mastermind, self-taught, usually right, compassionate, revolutionary, oh, and let’s not forget…
…rare, elusive, creative, beautiful, 6’1”, female who can go from bathing suit to formal in 60 seconds flat. : ) I also know how to raise lobster, make coconut pie on an open fire, play roller derby and stay on a budget!
Gretchen M. Smith has been producing work professionally for nearly 20 years. She is the founder of the Christian Art Center and active in several national faith based initiatives related to the arts. In 2004, after experiencing 4 hurricanes in Florida, she relocated to Paducah, KY to participate in the Artist Relocation Program. For the past year she has been doing mission work and self-directed residencies to focus on her art. Her goal in 2014-15 is to show at 1 major museum, 2 major biennales, and 3 or more major galleries.
Typically her work is categorized as abstract expressionist paintings but she works in many media and basically follows God’s lead. Currently she is working on installations and group projects exploring the dynamics of the human interactions of the artists participating in the projects. She seeks to exhibit her work in venues that encourage cultural and religious gaps to be bridged through faith-based abstract visual art. Ms. Smith is interested in pursuing large scale kinetic public art projects that integrate water, video, and non-traditional mural materials in venues that reach large demographically diverse groups. More than 50,000 people participated in the classes, demonstrations, exhibits and outreach programs Smith coordinated in 2005-now.
“For me, art is essential. If I couldn’t create art, I simply couldn’t breathe. It is also interesting to note that it is the process that is so important to me…not the result. Once a piece is finished I can let it go, to find it’s way in the world, to speak on it’s own. Finally, I am not the creator, God is. I simply stand in awe of God’s creation and sometimes I feel a deep stirring inside of me and am inspired by God to try to create something. I know it is what God wants me to do. There is simply no other choice. It is my sincere hope that through my work you will come to a better understanding of how magnificent and awesome God really is.”