An exceptional offering of an original watercolor by the acclaimed Western artist Lowell Ellsworth Smith. Titled "Ontario Pines" and dated 1968. Signed and dated in the lower right corner of the image. A label on the back gives the address of the artist, title of the work, and original price. The sight area of this work measures 12 x 16 inches, the frame is 19 x 23 inches. The frame appears original to the painting and is in good condition. The painting itself is in fine condition with no noted problems. An excellent example of this artist's earlier works. You can readily see his mastery of light and composition. Smith is listed in all major art reference volumes.
Watercolorist Lowell Ellsworth Smith was born in Canton, Ohio in 1924. Smith attended Miami University in Ohio (BFA) and graduated from Famous Artists Schools in Westport, Connecticut. A member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Academy of Western Art, his works have been displayed at the Western Heritage Show in Houston and the Artists of America Show in Denver. He has received several awards, including the Gold Medal for Watercolor at the 1982 and 1983 National Academy of Western Art shows. At the 1983 N.A.W.A. show, he received the coveted Prix-de-West awarded by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. A native of Canton and a resident of Hudson since 1955, Smith was working as a commercial artist when he and his family moved to Hudson. Several years later he decided to go on his own and paint the things he really wanted to paint. He worked from a studio at his home, where he gave watercolor lessons to a group of budding artists eventually responsible for starting the Hudson Society of Artists. Smith supported himself by doing painting of "houses, children, and dogs" on commission, and he followed his own muse as time permitted. In 1970 Smith opened a studio on the second floor of Turner's Mill in space that had recently been renovated into shops. He was regularly exhibiting at shows and galleries in the east, and that same year his "Dew Web" won Best of Show at the American Watercolor Society Show. Shortly after he was elected a member of the society. A Smith painting that graced the catalog cover for a show at Marietta College caught the attention of art collector Ramon Kelley, who encouraged Smith to seek a wider market in the west. Kelley introduced Smith to collectors and gallery owners in Denver, Taos, and Santa Fe, and Smith became a frequent traveler to the southwest in search of light and subjects for his talent. A journey to Mexico with his father, Canton artist Ellsworth P. Smith, helped open another chapter in Smith's growth as an artist. The pair spent time in Cuernavaca and Taxco. Elected to the National Academy of Western Art, Smith won the academy's Gold Medal in 1982 for his painting, "Easter Pilgrimage, Atotomico." In 1983 Smith won the prestigious Prix de West and his works were added to the permanent collection at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. His paintings are also represented in many private collections including that of the late John Connolly, former Governor of Texas and Secretary of the Treasury.