Worthington native Parker Smith exhibits a collection of her acrylic paintings at Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington from November 1, 2018 through January 3, 2019.
Smith first discovered her love of art when she was six, using watercolors to create greeting cards. Earning a degree from Columbia College in Chicago, she fell in love with painting in her junior year while completing an assignment using her roommate’s acrylic paints. Smith is now a freelance artist working primarily with acrylics and recycled canvas. Constantly challenging herself as an artist, she wants to eventually create new work using other media, including watercolors and oils.
“The planet we live on is incredible, so I draw my greatest inspiration from Mother Nature,” Smith explains. “I play with color in my work by using a non-traditional color palette. Although I paint many subjects, my favorite are abstracts, which can inspire and challenge both the viewer and the artist. I love to paint animals as well. My cow painting, moo i guess, is what inspired the theme of my exhibit at Highline Coffee Art Space. As I continue my work as an artist, I ultimately want to help ensure that future generations will be able to rely on and use art as a tool for personal growth and knowledge.”
Although she currently lives in Chicago, Smith says that she’ll “always call Ohio home” and is fortunate to “be able to return to the Worthington area often. There’s a certain appeal to central Ohio and the local artists that keeps bringing me back.”