Artist Profile

Sparks, Nevada

Paige Smith-Wyatt

Smith-Wyatt, Paige

Paige Smith-Wyatt is an artist located in Fernley, Nevada. She has been an artist since she was a young child and received early recognition for her artistic talent. Smith-Wyatt was awarded art scholarships for college and graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art with a concentration in Painting. She worked as a graphic designer before attending Pratt Institute in New York City where she received a Masters degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development. She has lived and worked in many states including Nevada, Alabama, Texas, New York, Hawaii, Montana, and North Dakota.

Smith-Wyatt is a member of Oil Painters of America, The Pastel Society of America, and The Portrait Society of America. She has attended workshops by Kevin Macpherson, Bob Rhom, Scott Burdick, Dan Gerhartz, Tony Eubanks, and others. Smith-Wyatt has provided art instruction, art therapy, and has exhibited and sold her artwork throughout the United States.

In Smith-Wyatt's newest work, which is painted in oil on canvas, pastel on paper, or egg tempera on wood panels, she aims to capture the ethereal beauty of nature. Being an avid student of art history, Paige arrived at her style of painting by studying the works of her favorite artists and by experimenting with different painting mediums and techniques. She has an affinity for the works of Jan van Eyck, Hans Holbein, Dutch flower painters Jan Davidsz. de Heem and Jan van Huysum, and botanical artists Peirre-Joseph Redoute and William Bartram as well as impressionists including Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt and California plein air painter Edgar Payne.

Whether Smith-Wyatt uses oil, pastel, or egg tempera, the process is essentially the same. She begins with a drawing and proceeds with painting layer upon layer to achieve a brilliant likeness and color. In oil, this process is done on premium stretched canvas or birch wood panels which she prepares herself with traditional gesso. Her pastels are created on museum quality paper and her egg tempera works are painted on birch panels. All materials used are of the highest archival quality.

In addition to being a professional artist skilled in many mediums, Smith-Wyatt is also a Board Certified Art Therapist, a National Certified Counselor, and a Professional Counselor licensed in Texas.

To see more of Smith-Wyatt's artwork, visit her website at www.paigesmithwyatt.com or contact her at psmithwyatt@aol.com.