Bio and Artist Statement

My role as an artist is to be open, curious, and available to experience beauty. I then may be able to interpret that beauty into my work, so the viewer may be moved by the feeling within it.

I also seek an ambiguous presence in the work that is just below the surface; an otherness that is filled with mystery and enigma. It is an unknown that is innately known. This is the art in the image.

My work is influenced by asian aesthetics and philosophy. Tho I feel there are many complexities inside my imagery, I struggle with the contradiction that comes in paring my work down to the simplest form, as tho a seventeen syllable haiku.

My creative life began as a freelance writer, and commercial & editorial photographer. Since 1991, I have been concentrating on limited-editioned fine-art, and my most extensive body of work is in the still life genre. I also work with the landscape, and the female form. I print my work in black & white and color, using both traditional photographic processes & archival pigment ink on fine cotton printmaking papers. In recent years I have begun a natural flowering of my work using mixed-media.

My work has been exhibited internationally…is in museum, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Japan. I live and work from my studio & home in the forested foothills of the North Cascade Mountains in northcentral Washington State – surrounded by nature which stimulates my spirit and influences my artwork.


Ken Smith