I would like to introduce a new up and coming Western Art artist, Jimmy Smith, born James M. Smith on October 8, 1969 to Robert and Patricia Smith in Cottonwood, AZ. He was named after his Mother's little brother James Martin Herridge, who passed away at the age of 14 as a result of head trauma received during a Little League baseball game in Camp Verde, AZ. Jimmy, also a baseball fanatic, started playing at the age of five and continued well into his thirties. We raised 4 children here in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ, 3 boys and one girl. Jimmy graduated from Maryvale High School in Phoenix in 1987. In 1988 Jimmy enlisted in the Army. He served 4 years with great pride as a part of the elite First Cavalry Division Honor Guard. Jimmy, an avid hunter, exceptional athlete and outdoor enthusiast, as you will be able to see in his paintings.
After his military stint Jimmy entered into the Commercial Aircraft fueling business rising to the position of Station Manager by 2004.
Although he has always been interested in art, pencil drawings here and there, watched an artist's show on PBS and mimicked the techniques, especially Bob Ross. He hadn't taken it seriously, more of a hobby and for something to do. In 2005 he has picked up pencil and drawing pad and started drawing again. He has always shown an interest in Cowboys and Native Americans. In January 2007 he was watching another artist doing watercolors and thought that he could do it, so with borrowed supplies, he created 'Brandin' Blisters'.
He was very happy with the result. He has developed a 'Working Cowboy' collection, which includes 7 different paintings so far (Brandin' Blisters, All Cinched Up, Quittin' Time, Footsteps, Just a Pinch, It's Just us, and Victory Dance). His Mother and I were very impressed as well and have been encouraging him to continue. So I get magazines and cut out photographs and he compiles an idea from them to create his watercolor art. I had a local printing company print up about 5 early pieces and had them on display at the Blazing M Ranch in Cottonwood, AZ (in the K-Bar Trading Company gift shops. He now has prints of his artwork in New York, Montana, Australia, North Carolina and Wyoming to name a few places.
Jimmy has always been a Cowboy at heart. Jimmy's children, Brandon 15, and Dylan 9 are his whole life.
We have all gained the privilege of enjoying his Fine Art creations in watercolors.
He is currently working on his associates degree in Business and during his spare time he applies watercolor to paper and lets these beautiful transformations begin. He also teaches the techniques to anyone interested. He did 'Front Porch' while teaching, a fellow artist interested in improving his own art, perspective and the use of light and shadow to enhance your creation.
He also paints wildlife and landscapes that were inspired by experiences shared with his Dad and brothers and sister, while hunting, fishing, and camping or someplace they often visited while traipsing around Northern Arizona particularly the Mogollon Rim country.
He has greatly improved his watercolor art from Jan 2007 to Jan 2011 and is continuing to improve immensely.