Larry Smothers as a young man had a flair for art. Although Smothers has had a long time interest in he initially did not plan on having a career in this field.
It was not until his mid-thirties that he began to develop a consuming interest in painting and began selling his work almost immediately. Encouraged by this interest in his work and inspired by his wife and two daughters, he decided to retire at the age of 46 as a welder from a steel firm to devote full-time to the pursuit of a career in art.
Smothers is a self-taught artist who originally started out doing acrylic still life and landscape paintings. Wishing to develop his natural talent further, early in his career he decided to avail himself of the opportunity to study with a well-known oil landscape painter. After his tutelage he began working with oils and became more and more interested in western and wildlife art. As a western and wildlife artist, Smothers shows his work in a variety of art shows and has won many awards in both categories.
Being an artist is clearly a joy to Smothers. His enthusiasm and love of nature is clearly evident in his work. Smothers's extensive research into both subject matter and creating a natural background is reflected in his work. His creative use of color as well as attention to detail give depth and perception to his art. Smothers's primary goal is to continue to develop his talent.
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