About Carol Jo Smidt
I was an artist from the age of 4, drawing horses and other animals. My formal art education started at the St. Paul School of Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. While the Navy moved me around with my husband Jack, I studied art and painting from several colleges and universities. I completed my art degree from Iowa State University.
I was ultimately replanted in Southeast Georgia and continued working in the art and graphic design fields, completing a Webmaster Certification from Florida State University and attending graduate school at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
A strong lover of animals, I founded Gray Horse Graphics Design Studio, a graphic and web design company in 1998.
Drawing from my background in graphic design, I have a strong emphasis on color, design and drawing in my oil and acrylic paintings. Throughout my painting career, animals have been my major interest with abstract landscape being a recent pursuit.
My paintings are a result of a thoughtful, ongoing, creative and intuitive process. Creating art is a spiritual journey. It is somewhat of a surprise where a painting will lead me. I find that my paintings are more vivid and saturated than real life. I see color in a subject and intensify those hues in a painting. At times, just a title will evolve into a subject that I need to capture in paint.
One of my goals is to bring honor and respect to the subjects that I paint. As a creator of art, I want the viewer to have a positive connection with my paintings
A blend of realistic subjects and non-representational colors are what inspires me to communicate the beauty in the everyday. I capture memories expressed with brushstrokes of uncommon colors for common subjects.