Thom Smith, a professional artist known for his narrative still lifes, will exhibit his art work at William Woods University through Feb. 28. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, will be held 4-6 p.m. Feb. 18.
Smith lives and works in Columbia, Mo., with his wife, Kathy. In addition to being a professional artist, he teaches drawing, oil and pastel painting classes for the Columbia Art League. He also serves as associate pastor of Christ our King Presbyterian Church of Columbia.
“I am trying to communicate my feelings about the holiness of ordinary, garden-variety things and experiences,” Smith said about his work. “I am also interested in drawing attention to the beauty of things that most people do not regard as beautiful, or even consider ugly. I do this in how I present these things, which has led some to call them ‘iconic’ and in my use of color and light, which has been described as ‘quietly beautiful’ and ‘poetic.’”
Smith has won a variety of awards and has work in various private and public collections, including the state collection in Charleston, W.Va.
Smith’s art work will be on display in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery, located in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. The Cox Gallery is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 573-592-4245.
Anchorite, a mixed media, by Thom Smith
Carnival, an oil by Thom Smith