Local Artist Susan Smith
Susan Smith is 62 years old, she was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She attended undergrad college at Carnegie Mellon University, and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After graduation, she worked in the aerospace industry on fighter jet programs for McDonnell Douglas as a structural engineer, while earning her masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1989, she moved to Melbourne with her husband to work for L3Harris on proprietary programs. They started a family, and 6 years later, after giving birth to her second child, Susan retired to become a full time mom. Her first foray into art came when she painted background scenery for her daughter’s theater on ice team. She had never had any art training until she signed up for a watercolor class in 2010 with Therese Ferguson, and she fell in love with watercolor painting. An active member of the Brevard Watercolor Society (BWS), she is the chair for Art in Public Places. The BWS has sponsored monthly exhibitions of members’ art at the Eau Gallie Library. Susan has entered juried art shows for the annual BWS watercolor show SPLASH, Kaleidoscope at Eau Gallery, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Art Show (MINWR), and the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) Online Show.
Susan’s first art awards were with the MINWR show, where she has earned Best of Fauna, Best of Flora and the Wildlife Refuge Choice awards. Two years ago, Susan won the Emerging Artist Award at SPLASH for her painting Heart of Glass, which is on the cover of this magazine. The subjects that Susan enjoys paintings are floral, still lifes, animals, architectural scenes and landscapes. Her style is detailed, realistic, and colorful. Most of her painting are capturing personal favorite memories. Susan loves to travel, which inspires her painting subjects. Susan’s other interests include figure skating, dance , sewing, photography, and collecting antiques(particularly Christmas).