Sheila Smith

Photo-based Art

This exhibit features images from two of Sheila Smith's portfolios: "Subway Series" and "Rainy Nights in N.Y.C."

Her method is to take the photos and transforms them in Photoshop and/or Topaz.

Her image "Approaching Train", included in this exhibit, will be shown in a digital exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris in July, 2015.

Sheila writes:

"My first camera was a Brownie box camera. The now yellowed photos taken with that camera show a thirteen year old's desire to record a moment on film.

"Fast forward to the sixties when I was a secretary to the creative director of Columbia Records. My boss gave me the responsibility to review photographers' portfolios and select the best for potential assignments.

"I was exposed to the great photographers of that era: Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Gordon Parks to name a few. It was inspiring. I went on to study advertising concept and design at The School of Visual Arts and ultimately became an Art Director. During those years I continued to work with top photographers, including Richard Avedon. My first camera as an adult was a used 35mm Pentax. I took a few courses in photography at the New School and began to shoot whatever interested me. At the same time I had a passion to paint so I enrolled at the Art Students League to take drawing and painting classes.

"I painted for many years but never abandoned photography. I have devoted myself full time to photography since 1997. The moments I capture today are no longer on film but on a CompactFlash card. And yes, I have gone digital."

Exhibits & Collections

1996: The Art Directors Club
1997: 2/20 Gallery
1998 - 2/20 Gallery
1998 - Goldstrom Gallery
1999 - 2/20 Gallery
2000 - Westwood Gallery
2000 - Portfolio Restaurant
2002 - 2/20 Gallery
2003 - 2/20 Gallery
2003 - Starbucks
2003 - Group Exhibits - "Venus in the City", The Gallery, "Peaceworks", "Images Against War" Berlin and Koln, Germany
2004 - The Chelsea Market
2005 - Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2007 - 2/20 Gallery
2007 - New York Mercantile Exchange
2008 - A.I.R. Gallery
2008 - Puck Bldg.
2008 - Pen & Brush Club
2008 - MDH Fine Arts
2009 - Gramercy Arts Club
2009 - Salmagundi
2009 - HP Gallery at Calumet Photo
2009 - Caelum Gallery
2010 - Manhattan Borough Gallery
2010 - The Durst Organization
2011 - Viridian Gallery
2012 - Gramercy Arts Club
2012 - Powerhouse Gallery, Dumbo
2012 - Viridian Artists
2013 - Viridian Artists
2013 - Gramercy Arts Club
2013 - HP Gallery at Calumet Photo
2014 - Viridian Artists
2015 - The Louvre Museum, Paris

Sheila Smith's art on the Web

Sheila Smith's AutoGallery exhibit