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Indiana artist, Jerry Smith, has had a life-long interest in art, although opting for a business degree in college.  He began oil painting as a hobby in the early 1970ís, switching to watercolor shortly thereafter. Primarily through self-training and workshops he left his business career behind and has been a full-time artist since the mid-seventies. Included among his workshop teachers were Indiana painters Louise Hansen and Floyd Hopper, both of whom had a big influence on his work. Jerry was introduced to plein-air painting in a 1976 workshop taught by Don Stone in Rockport , MA . This trip also inspired a fascination with the painting opportunities offered by the New England coastline and has had a major impact on his work. Annual painting trips to the Maine coast compliment his Indiana landscape painting. He now paints in oils, watercolors, and acrylics.

Jerry maintains signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), the American Society of Marine Artists, the American Impressionist Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, the Whiskey Painters of America,  and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. He is a member of Indiana art associations including the Brown County Art Guild, Indiana Artist Club, Indiana Heritage, Indiana Plein-Air Painters Association, and is a charter member and Cardinal Fellow of the Watercolor Society of Indiana. He is also a member of the Hoosier Salon and has been included in over 40 Hoosier Salon exhibitions since the mid-seventies. He has also exhibited in the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, the Signature American Watermedia Exhibition,  and the Oil Painters of America.  He is the author of a book published by International Artist, Expressive Landscape in Acrylic. He has been featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist, the American Society of Marine Artists Journal, and the Artistís Magazine.  He has published a retrospective of his work entitled Common Ground and a book of plein air paintings entitled Gems of Montgomery County.

Jerry lives in Crawfordsville with his wife, Cindy, and maintains a restored, century old store-front building in downtown Crawfordsville as his studio/gallery.  

Corporate and Public Collections

T. C. Boyhood Hood Home (Waveland, IN)
Montgomery County Government Center Collection (Crawfordsville, IN)
Tippecanoe Courthouse Permanent Collection (Lafayette, IN)
National Watercolor Society Permanent Collection (San Pedro, CA)

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN)
Indiana State Museum Permanent Collection (Indianapolis, IN)
Indiana Heritage Arts Permanent Collection (Nashville, IN)
Eli Lilly Permanent Collection (Indianapolis, IN)
Greater Lafayette Art Museum Permanent Collection (Lafayette, IN)
Crawfordsville District Public Library (Crawfordsville, IN)
Hahn Museum Permanent Collection (Lafayette, IN)
Kappa Kappa Kappa Permanent Collection at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN)
Frankfort Public Library Permanent Collection (Frankfort, IN)
First Merchants Bank (Crawfordsville, IN)
American United Life Permanent Collection (Indianapolis, IN)
Crawfordsville Community Schools (Crawfordsville, IN)
Montgomery County Community Foundation (Crawfordsville, IN)
Whiskey Painters of America Permanent Collection (Chagrin Falls, OH)


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