Born in Paterson, NJ on Feb. 7, 1873. Smith inherited his interest in art from his father who painted some of the decorations in the Capitol Building in Albany, NY. While in his teens, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and was apprenticed to artist Gardner Symons in Chicago. He later worked as a commercial artist in Lexington, KY and went on to become a sketch artist with the Cincinnati Enquirer. While in Cincinnati, he studied at the Art Academy under Duveneck. During the Spanish-American War his front-line sketches brought him national renown. In 1906, he settled in Alhambra, CA and established a studio-home in the eucalyptus grove called “Artists Alley” where his neighbors included Eli Harvey, Frank Tenney Johnson, and summer resident Norman Rockwell. Smith was largely responsible for establishing the Biltmore Salon which exhibited and sold works by local artists during the early part of this century. In the Midwest he had worked in watercolor; however, upon moving to Los Angeles, he switched to oil. During the Depression he worked for Pacific Outdoor Advertising. His Sierra landscapes, missions, and seascapes have made him one of California’s most important painters. Smith died in Monterey Park, CA on Jan. 8, 1949.
Jack Wilkinson Smith
Oil on Board
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