• Fruit and Water | Jeffrey Smith Art

    A Balanced Diet

  • Old Tree | Jeffrey Smith Art

    The Old Tree


    This watercolor painting was done on location in the courtyard of the Minneapolis Institute of Art on a surprisingly warm Sunday afternoon in February.

  • Soft Pink Roses | Jeffrey Smith Art

    Soft Pink

  • Red and Yellow Roses | Jeffrey Smith Art

    Red and Yellow Roses

  • Slightly Off Center | Pear | Jeffrey Smith

    Slightly Off Center


    This painting is all about the joy I feel when looking at colors. I love brush strokes and dashes of color in a painting. Those marks can convey a sense of light and atmosphere that no flat stroke of color ever could!

  • Minneapolis Skyline | Jeffrey Smith

    Minneapolis Skyline


    This picture was painted on location on a blustery Sunday morning along the Mississippi River.

  • Asparagus | Gouache on illustration board | Jeffrey Smith



    There is just something about asparagus — I love everything about it! I love how it tastes, the feel of it, the color, but especially how it’s sold. I’m fascinated by how it’s displayed in-store; standing up on end, bound with a beautiful, colorful rubber band. When I happened across asparagus on sale at Whole Foods, I knew I had to paint it.

    For this small painting, I wanted to play with color. I know that gouache is capable of rendering an object in great detail, but I also know that it can do an excellent job of showing one color against another and exploring the relationship of warm and color pigments — that’s what I wanted to focus on for my painting.

  • Tulips | gouache | Jeffrey Smith



    This painting began with a dinner party. I had just moved into a new apartment in downtown Minneapolis. As I was unpacking, I rediscovered a table runner that picked up several years ago. It’s a multicolor stripe woven cloth — red, green, yellow, blue orange. I knew that I wanted to have that cloth on my table when I had my parents over, and I also knew that I was going to need some flowers. I picked up a bunch of tulips, and my table was set.

    The next morning, after a wonderful evening with my parents, I ate breakfast and stared at the flowers sitting on my table. I had to paint them!

  • Sunflowers | oil on panel | Jeffrey Smith



    Sunflowers are my favorite flowers — I’ve always found them to be so cheerful and have such personality!

    Setting up for this painting, I really wanted to focus on just one flower. I decided to push the level of detail on the bloom in the upper right section of the painting. I also cropped in really close to keep the attention on the blossoms.

  • Birch Trio | Jeffrey Smith

    Birch Trio

  • Birch Trees | Jeffrey Smith

    Birch Trees