Patsy Smith : The Artist
If you’ve visited Pinnacle Bank on 181st and Dodge in Omaha, you’ve probably noticed an unusual landscape in the bank lobby. The warm and vibrant landscape painting triptych draws you in for a closer look, which reveals silk woven tubes separate the canvas panels. Artist Patsy Smith was one of the commissioned artists to produce art for the Pinnacle Bank headquarters. The art produced was intended to be inviting for clients, reinforces corporate values, and tie in with Pinnacle Bank’s branding.
Smith’s most recent paintings are featured in Corporate Art Co’s hallway gallery at the Mastercraft Building on at 1111 North 13th St in Omaha. Holly Hackwith, owner of Corporate Art Co, says Smith’s work is transitional enough to appeal to both traditional and contemporary taste. Smith’s approach to painting is quick, intuitive, and appears to be unplanned, but that is far from the truth. Her compositions consist of three paintings in one: the first painting defines space, the second produces the textures, and the third commits the message. Smith’s work is celebratory and dynamic.
Smith lives on a lake near Brady, NE, creates art and teaches in her studio in North Platte, Nebraska. She has been fortunate to have several books and articles written about her work. She has also won many competitive awards.
Smith has taught art throughout her adult life, and loves to turn her students on to creating their own expressions. “Believe me when I say, I learn so much from watching and learning from my students. Education and enthusiasm ignite us all,” Smith said.
Smith’s artistic expressions are statements from her soul. Smith said her paintings express all of her emotions wrapped up in her memories. “We all have experienced sadness and loss of things we love, but overcoming this and growing, life teaches us we are stronger because of these hurdles we jump,” Smith said. She paints from a point of abandoned joy in life, which has resulted in her artistic successes.