Rita Morse Smith is an internationally known self taught realistic artist whose sensitive, romantic watercolors, acrylics and oils hang in private and corporate collections across the nation and abroad.
A native of New Jersey and long time resident of Columbia, South Carolina, she fell in love with the low country of the state spending summers in Hilton Head, Pawleys, Keowa and Edisto Islands and storing memories of the countryside and beaches, sunrises, sunsets and misty marshes. In the winter, she becomes nostalgic and paints snow scenes which she misses from years spent in the mountains of New Jersey.
Rita started drawing and painting at the age of seven and never stopped. She married early and painted for her own pleasure while raising two daughters and in 1970 began painting professionally. She became very active in the city artist guilds and in 1990, she opened her own art gallery at the Richland Mall and for a short time had a gallery in Charleston as well. She has exhibited in many one, two and three artist shows and her award winning paintings have been on magazine covers. Ducks Unlimited in Myrtle Beach has auctioned her duck prints many times. She was voted “Artist of the Year” by the Boys Club of America in 1995, and has received many “First Place” and “Best of Show” awards.
She now works primarily in acrylics and oils, always striving to improve her work – trying to capture the quiet and peace of snow in winter, the elusive ground fog in the marsh in the mornings, the beauty of nature’s paintbrush in the fall, the breeze in the sea oats on the beach and the peacefulness of the salt marshes with the ever present Palmetto trees. Her subject matter is endless and her enthusiasm to capture it never ends.
Rita’s paintings may be viewed daily at the Village Artists Gallery at the Village at Sandhill, Columbia, S.C.
Acrylic Landscape workshop
Wednesdays from 10 am - 12 pm
VillageArtists @ Village at Sandhills
631-8 Promenade place
Columbia, SC 29229
CALL to REGISTER (803) 782-3782
4 Lessons for $85.00
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