Featured Artist Sheila Smith

Artist Sheila Smith transforms digital scenes of New York City into painterly, dreamlike images. View more of her portfolio by visiting her website.

 

Digital image of NYC street scene by Sheila Smith

“Walking Towards Each Other” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

As a child I sat at my mother’s kitchen table and sketched cartoons that I copied from the Sunday newspaper—Smitty, Dick Tracy, Blondie, etc.

 

Digital image of a rainy NYC street by Sheila Smith

“Patterned Umbrella” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I loved drawing.

 

Digital image of a rainy NYC street by Sheila Smith

“Man Hunched Over” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

As a teenager, I sketched items on I found on the kitchen table, such as a teacup or a sugar bowl.

 

Digital image of a rainy NYC street by Sheila Smith

“Lady with Red Umbrella” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

My best friend’s brother who was six years older than me, was an artist. I was intrigued with his drawings.

 

Digital image of a homeless man in NYC by Sheila Smith

“Homeless Man” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I studied painting with him and saw the beauty of creating images using oil paint. As I matured, I had to earn money to sustain myself. I did not come from a wealthy family.

 

Digital image of a NYC street scene at night by Sheila Smith

“Side by Side” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I was hired as a secretary for the creative director at Columbia Records. During that time, I took classes at night at The School of Visual arts where I studied Graphic Design. I was determined to become an art director.

 

Digital image of rainy street scene in NYC by Sheila Smith

“Waiting for the Light to Change” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I was hired as an art buyer at Mccann-Erickson Advertising. After that, I went on to become an art director for several agencies while simultaneously continuing to paint and draw at home.

 

Digital image of a NYC street by Sheila Smith

“Looking Up” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I became obsessed with photography. When computers appeared, I saw the possibilities of transforming my photos to look like paintings, which I find to be the ultimate creative experience. The images in this group are a result of that process.

 

Digital image of a rainy NYC street at night by Sheila Smith

“Blue Umbrella” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

My portfolio includes portraits of people and flowers, dancers, still lifes of fruits and vegetables, and New York street scenes, which are presented here.

 

Digital image of two people in NYC with large umbrellas by Sheila Smith

“Pink and Yellow and Black Umbrellas” Digital Photography, Various Sizes

 

I am now a full-time freelance photographic digital artist. I exhibit in shows in New York City a few times a year.

 

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Comments

  1. ALLBERT BENSUSEN says

    MY GOODNESS, MISS SMITH IS A REMARKABLE ARTIST AND HER PHOTOGRAPHIC PAINTINGS ARE SO EXCITING TO LOOK AT AND REMIND ME WHY I LOVE THIS CITY AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MORE OF MISS SMITHS WORK. THAN YOU FOR SHOWING ME THE WORK OF THIS INCREDIBLE ARTIST.

  2. Gorgeous, poetic pictures, full of intimacy and vitality. I really feel that I am drawn into every image.

  3. What beautiful and evocative images.

  4. These are lovelyl

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