(PRWEB) June 04, 2012
Every month, American Frame, a web-based custom framing and art printing company in Maumee, OH, features the work of an artist from their online art gallery at http://www.americanframe.com. This month we are pleased to honor painter Renee Smith of Mill Valley, California. Smith was selected from over 10,000 artists and photographers. She works in the realist tradition with an impressionistic twist and her featured work, “Red Rose,” is a perfect example of this blended style. Prints are available for sale via her American Frame art gallery.
Relying on the old masters for inspiration and instruction, Renee Smith still manages to put her own twist on nature’s beauty. Working in oil, acrylic and watercolor, she strives to blend the most precisely realistic of foregrounds with the emotive brushstroke of an impressionist background. “There are so many beautiful things to paint, and Renaissance masters like Michaelangelo and DaVinici perfected realism, so I study them and find inspiration in them every day.”
Based in Mill Valley, California, Smith began her education as a fashion designer but switched quickly to fine art and has been a painter ever since. Previously represented by a gallery in Madison, Florida where she lived, Smith brings her art to others through education as well. For two years she taught art at the college level in Cambodia, where living conditions were brutally simple but the people and culture were a source of great joy and inspiration. These days Smith is teaching the younger generation of artists at Golden Gate Academy preschool near her home.
The featured piece, “Red Rose” is an acrylic on canvas in the original. Smith selected it because she was thinking of the mothers in her life, as many of us do around this time of year. “Mothers have depth, beauty and complexity like this rose.”
Smith came to American Frame in search of an online gallery and was thrilled to see her work become available at an affordable price to people across the country. When she frames her work, she considers the context as well as the piece itself. “I use more substantial, traditional frames in offices and more personal choices for homes.”
We’ve framed “Red Rose” to emphasize the blend of realism and impressionism characteristic of Smith’s style. See the custom treatment on American Frame’s blog at http://americanframe.blogspot.com/. To view all Smith’s work visit her online gallery.
About American Frame
American Frame provides high quality DIY custom picture framing supplies and materials, tools, and fine art printing services at wholesale prices via its website: http://www.americanframe.com throughout the USA. It features an easy web interface where visitors can design a custom frame treatment for assembly in the comfort of their home. One can also upload a digital image, request it printed on canvas or fine art paper, choose framing materials and receive their custom art ready to hang. All orders are handcrafted in Maumee OH and shipped within 2 business days. Family owned and operated since 1973. Love your art. Frame it right.