About the Artist


Gary Smith, Round Pond, Maine.

Painting is a process of trying to capture a scene and its atmosphere.  I want to paint the mood of a place more than to accurately illustrate.  I began taking classes at the Alexandria Art League in Alexandria VA in the 1990s, and I have been painting and studying painting since then.  I enjoy painting plein air in a location that connects with me.  I paint urban subjects, landscapes and seascapes, but my favorites are the waterfront scenes.  In late 2019 I moved to Round Pond, Maine, where I now paint the local scenery, the harbor, the lobster boats, and the wonderful old homes.

In 2022 I became a member of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, and I now display my paintings at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.  I also am a member of River Arts in Damariscotta, Maine, and I have been juried into several shows at their gallery over the last three years.

My watercolor materials are simple;  a couple big brushes, a few small brushes, 140 pound Arches rough paper, Danial Smith or Winsor Newton paints in cool and warm hues of red, blue and yellow, with burnt sienna, neutral tint, and occasional titanium white for lost highlights.  For plein air work I use 15 by 11 inch sheets taped to a lightweight board on a collapsible tripod. 

Please contact me if you are interested in available paintings on this site, or anything you may see on Instagram (link left).