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Carl J Smith

Born in Kress, Texas in 1928, the artist, Carl J. Smith, was the ninth child in a family of ten. Most of his life has been spent living in the high plains of West Texas.

After a two year stint in the Army, Carl earned his BS degree from West Texas State in 1953. A twelve year teaching career followed in Portales, New Mexico. In 1966, Carl moved back to Canyon and began a fulltime career as an artist. “While I love New Mexico and Colorado,” the artist explains, “I always come home to the Texas Panhandle. Not all but many of my painting have their inspiration from this part of the country.”

Carl has had dozens of one man shows over the years, including Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Grand Central Gallery in New York, among others.

Primarily working in oils, Carl is best known for his subtlety of coloring, depth and the atmosphere he achieves while creating an ethereal scene.

“While I have received great satisfaction from being able to make a living from my work,” the artist explains, “the greatest reward has been being involved in the creative process. I feel that I have been the most fortunate of men.”


where mountain waters run
trail of the wounded warrior
distant thunder