Artist Timothy Smith
Q: What inspired you to enter Babcok Mill in this contest?
I wanted to get my work seen by others, my wife keeps telling me how good I am and I think I need to believe in me a bit more.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the work? I wanted to try a fall scene, this is only the second fall landscape I have done.
Q: How long have you been an artist?
As long as I can remember… I think I was eight or nine when I started drawing Popeye.
Q: When did you realize your passion for art?
When I was 13-14 years old my brother in law started teaching me some of the finer points of colors with pastels.
Q: Do you have a role model? If so who is it?
Yes, my brother in law, Dale B Crall. He married my sister when I was 12-13, and I spent a lot of time with my sister and her husband.
Q: What is your favorite subject to paint? Why?
It used to be portraits, mostly because I felt I did them well, now I tend toward landscapes. I really paint what I like.
Q: What worlds have you left to conquer with your art?
To be more disciplined
Q: What was your journey like and what obstacles have you overcome to get to where you are?
Bumpy, very bumpy, the death of my sister when I was 19, then losing my teacher, my brother in law moved away, marriage and divorce, and again, helping to raise three wonderful boys and then remarriage and two more teenagers, I married again after being alone with my youngest son till he was 18. We have now been married five years and my wife started pesting me, nicely pesting me to start painting again. I did.
Q: What advice do you have to offer budding young artists?
Just keep on painting and don’t listen to people when they tell you there is no future there, those are the words I used to hear.