K Smith, one of the leading pencil artists in North America and the Caribbean who creates hyperrealistic drawings in both graphite and coloured pencil, was born in 1956 at Cupar, Saskatchewan, Canada. Upon completion of high school he enrolled at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree specializing in Visual Arts and Mathematics.
From 1977 – 1991, Smith taught in a few elementary schools in Canada and spent one year teaching in Wales. In 1991, he moved to The Bahamas where he was employed by the Anglican Central Education Authority in Nassau, and taught at both St. John’s College (one year) and St. Anne’s School (7 years). The opportunity to teach art full time became available with the Catholic Board of Education and he was employed to teach art at St. Cecilia’s School, a post he held from 1999-2008.
K Smith has been actively involved in Art Education in The Bahamas for both children and adults since 1992 and in 2001 established THE PLACE FOR ART offering after school, evening, and weekend art classes for children and adults. In 2014, THE PLACE FOR ART expanded and he and his business partner now operate a custom picture framing business on the grounds of Doongalik Studios.
Art is a lifelong passion for me and everything in my daily existence revolves around the art world. I am a natural born artist and I tend to view the world around me from different perspectives, very often noticing details in objects rather than the entire object. My hyperrealistic drawings are created primarily with graphite and coloured pencils; however I have created some images with soft pastels.
As I evolve in my journey as an artist, I constantly look for new subject matter. I have been complimented on my vision and composition and strive to be unique and original in my drawings. Although I am predominately recognized as a 2D artist, I am not limited to creating 2D art. I am often referred to as a visionary, capable of conceptualizing 3D projects and would feel very excited to see one of my concepts become a major public art installation.
I have been blessed with the innate gift of art, and being both an art educator and professional artist, I feel compelled to share this gift with as many people as I can either through mentoring novice artists or inspiring young artistic minds. I am hopeful that even after I depart this world, a part of me will still exist within my artistic creations.