Andrea Smith, world peace artist, philosopher and peace activator was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She moved to Maui, Hawaii in 1981. She has been referred to as a painter of the spirit and always depicted as a colorist. Her work is created in an unusual outdoor studio where the natural sunlight permeates into everything she paints. Andrea works in acrylics, pastels and watercolors.
Smith was an educator for over 10 years. Because of her intense feelings for the educational system, Andrea’s imagery has been used by Prentice Hall for creative writing exercise books at various grade levels throughout the United States. This is an honor bestowed on very few people.
Andrea along with the former President of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Carazo developed the first Art For Peace Calendar in 1986, which has been published continuously since 1987 where her message of inner peace can be seen on a daily basis.
Smith is devoted to world peace issues, and inner peace issues of the mind and psyche. Her philosophy is in order to have outer peace, this world peace that we all so desire; we must create the inner peace first. All the work starts at home first, with us. Then we can take it to others.
Her painting “Seeing Eye To Eye”, a visual representation of getting along with others, graces the University For Peace in Costa Rica. This organization was founded by the United Nations and Andrea Smith has been lending her support for the past 15 years.
Andrea has been exhibiting her paintings and sculptures internationally for over 30 years. She has had exhibitions in Japan, Indonesia, Egypt and Europe, as well as throughout the United States. Presidents, dignitaries and ordinary citizens of countries collect her paintings. She has also lectured and administered her painting workshops for dignitaries, teachers, collectors and celebrities around the world.
Smith enjoys working with her friends such as Dr. Gerald Jampolsky and Dr. Diane Cirincione, who founded the Center for Attitudinal Healing. She tries to add an uplifting feeling to the facilities via her paintings and spiritual message.
Her collectors include the University For Peace in Costa Rica, Mrs. Anwar Sadat, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Eugenia Velikov, former President of Arts & Sciences of the former Soviet Union, Rinaldo Brutoco, founder of the World Business Academy, David Huis, Amsterdam, Holland, Rodrigo Carazo, former President of Costa Rica, Art Agnos, former Mayor of San Francisco, California, Shirley MacLaine, Roger Clemens and note worthy authors Terry Brooks, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Eric Lustbader.
In 1998, Andrea developed a very powerful workshop entitled Square One – A Metaphor For Life. This painting experience allows the participants to focus on the joy of the present moment via the medium of watercolor. She began to teach this watercolor workshop to teachers, as well as business people in Holland and the United States. Smith uses this workshop to call on people to shift from the left side of our brain to the right side.
In 2000, Andrea Smith opened her first art gallery in Sedona, Arizona.
According to Smith this is a very special gallery to showcase her work and travel around the world. The gallery promotes art through culture and offers Smith a new venue to exhibit some of her more esoteric creations.
The gallery offers a special journey, twice a year with Andrea as the host. Andrea has escorted her collectors to such areas as Bhutan, Egypt, Tibet and Borneo, where the groups interact with the people and their culture on a daily basis. At the end of each journey a special work of art is created that is gifted to each member of the group.
Through Andrea’s travels she has been acquiring what she refers to as sacred art. This sacred art is showcased with her art in the gallery from the various places her travel leads her.
The name of the gallery is Andrea Smith Gallery Sedona. It is located at 336 Highway 179 in the prestigious Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, Arizona.
Smith does 2 one-woman shows per year at her gallery in Sedona.