Dennis Smith begins the process with an image, either from his travels, a photograph that catches his fancy or a fleeting vision in his mind. He will then create a drawing of the image and paint that image until the painting speaks to him. It is then that the picture becomes a painting. The mistakes, the drips and the textures of the paint will make the image come alive on the canvas. The final painting may or may not be a "pretty" picture but it will always be what it wants to be.
Dennis R. Smith had a long and successful career as an architect in San Francisco prior to retiring to Napa to follow his passion. His artistic skills have been refined under the tutelage of Larry Robinson, as renowned Bay Area instructor, over the past 30 years. Dennis' painting style can best be described as eclectic, as his images range from realistic to abstract impressionism. His studio is always open to visitors and other art enthusiasts.