Greg Smith was born in Brampton, Ontario and was the third of four children. Being one in the middle who took chances; he learned early in life that nothing was impossible to do if you keep trying and work at it. His grandmother was a successful artist in oil painting and exposed him early to expressing himself and developing “an eye” for the art that he has been able to apply with great success over the years.
In high school, Greg involved himself in school plays as a member of the stage crew. He worked on set design, construction and painting the sets. It was here that Greg learned serigraphy (painting with silk screens) to produce publicity posters for plays, school concerts and dances. Greg went on to study Fine Arts for four years, two years at the University of Windsor and another two years at the University of Guelph.
After twenty-two years in a driving career which offered limited time to the arts, Greg is once again back at it. Taking the brush and pallet knife up again, Greg has added acrylics to his favoured mediums of oil painting, wood block collages and serigraphy.
Greg exhibits and sells his work all summer at the Artists’ Circle summer studio and gallery beside the wharf in Margaretsville. On occasion, he has added his work to shows like “Art from the Heart” at the MacDonald Museum in Middleton, the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Art Show in Middleton, the Christmas Show and Sale at the Mall in Greenwood, the Apple Blossom Festival Art Show at the Mall in Greenwood, the “Paint the Town” weekend in Annapolis Royal and the Lawrencetown Agriculture Exhibition Art show where Greg joins other artists to stage the show and acts as the Art Committee’s chairman. Greg has also helped to organize the charity auction for a group that supports Artists with Disabilities in the Annapolis Valley.