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ABOUT ME

Linda Ann Smith 
(Studio A B See)


"There are flowers for those who want to see them."
----Henri Matisse



Artist's Statement

Mother's warnings about sharp objects did not deter me from collecting broken bits of colored glass.  By age five, I arranged and rearranged them into compositions that pleased my youthful eye.  The secret collection was whisked into its hiding place when anyone came near my room.  Matisse would have understood that these were my "flowers."

I still collect glass, but not exclusively. 
 Feathers, stones, pieces of old tires, weathered wood 
and rusty bits of metal 
have worked their way into my bouquet.  
I pluck orphaned objects by the roadside when I stop to stretch my legs on long road trips and pretend that I am cleaning up after careless people who litter.  (It's a noble excuse.)

Nature's war of corrosion and rust on invasive objects intensifies their appeal to me.  I tote them back to my studio and ponder over their destiny in my art.  I feel fortunate for the discovery of free art media,  but disheartened that debris is so readily available.  Although my flowers grow in the midst of careless abandon, I thrive on the challenge of incorporating them in to my art . . .

I like to imagine that Matisse would approve.



 Biography

Linda Ann Smith, a mixed media artist, born and raised in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.  Her studio,  Studio A B See, is located in a suburb of Tulsa.

    Smith earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Education degrees at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, studied art therapy at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS and writing at University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.  A dedicated lifetime learner, she continues her education through extensive travel and self-guided studies in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

    She taught art, elementary homeroom and a number of staff development workshops for Broken Arrow Public Schools in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, creative writing courses at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK , private art lessons in her home studio and portrait drawing classes for senior citizens at her church.  After retiring in Oklahoma she moved to Texas for a short time to teach in Dallas, but returned home to care for her mother. She designed the Broken Arrow Education Association logo, and logos for many schools, sports organizations, and educational groups. 

    Smith is a published author and a member of Tulsa Night Writers, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Living Arts of Tulsa, and Inspired Artists Society. She became a Design Team Member for ColourArte in March, 2015

    She has one son, Lance,  a professional fishing guide, who also resides in Oklahoma.