We had the good fortune of connecting with Candis Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Candis, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?

I have been fascinated all of my life with Fine Arts including Painting and Drawing. I studied Fine Art at the Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. I renewed my studies at the Glassell Studio School in Houston. I am currently enjoying a rebirth and have entered into a new phase after many turns in the road along my career path. I opened a studio in Sawyer Yards to expand my reach and networks. I have temporarily paused my studio presence due to the pandemic but intend to reopen after the holidays.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

My artwork varies from representational to abstract and is primarily done in oil paint with glazes. Currently, I find inspiration in the impressionistic works and my surrounding environment. My art fulfills a personal need and represents my life’s journey. My style is characterized by energetic brushwork applied in small, quick strokes which captures the light and color from nature as well as the shadows and gradations from figures. I am particularly interested in retro images and themes and I put my own spin on them including diner scenes. I am also drawn to nature and the colors and figures such as birds and flowers. I also like to draw and sketch the human figure from live models.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

If I were taking a friend for a casual meal in Houston I would choose Urban Eats on Washington Avenue where unique menu items are combined in an artistic venue. A nice place to take a scenic walk is The Woodlands Waterway where you can enjoy the public art including the Art Benches https://www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org/p/programs/public-art/art-bench-project.  There are many bars and restaurants along the Waterway including an Irish pub called The Goose’s Acre. Another artistic venue is the Glassell Studio School in the Museum District where you can climb up the outdoor stairs to the BBVA Roof Garden and get a great city view, or walk around the building to the Cullen Sculpture Garden.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the artists of Sawyer Yards, art faculty at the Glassell Studio School, the Woodlands Art League and the members of the Visual Arts Alliance.

Website: www.candissmithart.com
Instagram: @candissmithart
Facebook: @artworkcloud

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