Artist profile: Jack Smith
I am basically a self-taught artist who paints mainly in the mediums of acrylics and watercolours and my style would be classified as realism. I was born in Shelburne, N.S. and I have lived most of my life in this area. I now reside with my wife, April, in Middle Ohio, a small village about 20 km inland from the town of Shelburne. After teaching at Shelburne Regional high School for thirty years as mainly a jr. math and science teacher I decided to give up the chalkboard premanently so that I could put more time into my art. I began painting at about the age of eleven using oils after taking a few lessons from a sweet old lady in the New Minas area, but I later switched over to acrylics and several years beyond that I added watercolours to my palette. Although I have been painting for most of my life retirement has really given me the necessary time to focus more on my artwork with the lifelong endeavour of improving my skills.