Jeff Daniel Smith 

 Medium:  Oil   

 Last Light, oil on canvas, 48" x 48"

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The Green Roof, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 in.

Salinas Valley Barn, Oil on Canvas, 8 x 10 in.

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A native of Southern California, Jeff was born with a passion ofr art, constantly drawing as a child, later winning awards in high school art shows.  He attended El Camino College focusing on drawing and painting and art history.

While in his twenties, Jeff began working for commercial studios which specialized in the creation of paintinngs and murals for commercial spaces and later, backdrops for photography and film.  A good experience, allowing him to paint on a large scale and in a wide variety of subjects and styles.

Upon moving to the Monterey Peninsula in 1994, he became inspired by the natural beauty of the area which had drawn so many artists to it for decades.   Bold brushwork and his keen use of color make his oils stand out.  Primarily a plein air painter, he became a member of a group of artists known as the “Informalists” and where he met his wife and fellow painter, Cyndra Bradford.

In 2004 he one 2nd prize the the Carmel Art Festival, which is one of the largest plein air competitions in the country and Art and Antiques magazine named him best emerging artist.   He was  featured on the cover with a feature article in 2005 in ArtWorks magazine.   

A master of shadow and light, anyone looking at a painting by Jeff will get not only a sense of space but of the time of year and the hour of the day.  

“I want my paintings to be spontaneous.  Light and color are constantly changing, so I work quickly to capture the moment.  However, even the most famous plain air painters, Monet and Van Gogh, painted in their studio.  It was their interpretation that set them apart.   That is what I strive for”.