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Artist Richard Smith


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Biography


Richard Smith lives in Bonney Lake Washington. 
 
He enjoys travel and each place he visits provides inspiration for his art. 
 
He travels to Alaska frequently and his roots are deep there.  He was born in Western Alaska and lived in several places throughout the state as he grew up.  For many years, starting in the sail boat era, he was a salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.
 
As a child he watched his mother use her oil paints and begged until she let him paint with her.  He chose a career as a dentist and his emergence as an artist came later in life.
 
Three years of formal art training and eight years with a studio group gave him the technical foundation for his art.
 
He hopes that his paintings will inspire the same emotions to the viewer that he experienced as he planned and painted them.
 
His new book 'Bristol Bay Boy' is an interesting story of his artistic journey.  Many of the events in the book describe his early life in Alaska and his fifty years of commercial fishing in Bristol Bay. Included in the book are more than eighty images of his paintings.
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