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American (b. 1928)

Carl J. Smith is a prominent Western artist born in Kress, Texas in 1928. Known for his atmospheric Victorian scenes depicting Panhandle homesteaders, Smith's art reflects his deep connection to the high plains of West Texas. After serving in the Army, he earned a degree from West Texas State in 1953 and taught for twelve years in Portales, New Mexico. In 1966, he transitioned to a full-time career as an artist in Canyon, Texas, drawing inspiration from his beloved Texas Panhandle. Smith's mastery lies in the subtle use of color and the creation of visual depth and atmosphere in his paintings, primarily done in oils. His works have graced numerous one-man shows, including at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and the Grand Central Gallery in New York. Notably, President Lyndon Johnson, Governor Jon Connaly, and the King Ranch, among others, have collected his paintings, extending his reach to collectors worldwide. Smith's nostalgic depictions are fueled by his childhood memories, which he describes as having a dream-like quality. Carl Smith eschews photographs or sketches, relying instead on symphonic music to inspire his sweeping Panhandle landscapes. His contributions to the art world are celebrated in private collections across Texas and have been showcased in exhibitions across the country.




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