Sunday, April 12, 2009

Meet the Correspondents--Elizabeth S. Smith

I spent my early years in the woods and waters of Iowa developing a love for plants and wildlife that I hope is reflected in my work. I believe that nature journaling can be a powerful instrument for learning, relaxing, and reconnecting. My personal style is self-taught but shaped by ten years in the graphic arts and by ongoing practice and occasional workshops. Recently I went back to school to complete my art degree and take postgraduate classes in education; I’m especially interested in art education and using the arts to heal. I hope that I can inspire others to take a moment to connect to nature and the amazing systems around us!

I’m currently working with my husband, Kevin, in our custom cabinetry business, but also do illustration and artwork part-time.

Past work in the graphic arts includes illustrations for posters, T-shirts, nature guides, magazines, and signage. Fine art paintings and assemblages are shown locally. Please see my website ( or email me for more details ( I keep a log of my sketchbook on Flickr ( as well as my attempts at making handmade sketchbooks.

I feel quite honored to be a part of this group! The interaction among my contacts at Flickr has been a positive experience in many ways, and I feel that this blog will be a wonderful pool of viewpoints about nature and the act of observing and drawing. Something happens when I paint nature; there is a pathway opened to an unknown mystery. Time changes, I am not the same afterwards.


  1. So nice to learn more about you - I didn't realize you had a website -and my sister and brother-in-law are in the same business as you and your DH, but in Sarasota.

  2. Hi, Elizabeth! I'm glad to get to know you a bit better. My husband loves working at custom cabinetry too -- would prefer it to his day-job. Your nature studies are incredible!

  3. Hi Elizabeth!!! What gorgeous work you do! So good to SEE you! especially here!

  4. Thank you all! Who would think that we have another link in custom cabinetry?!


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