Bolton Smith is an American impressionist painter who was born in the
Midwest US in 1944. As a young man, Smith spent winters in
Florida which seemed like another world to him and triggered an
enthusiasm for varied subjects and exciting coloring that is
reflected in his work today.
taught on the college level for several years, after which painting
became his full-time occupation. Bolton and his wife Joyce for
the past 35 years, have traveled the United States and abroad,
capturing some of the world's most stunning landscapes.
of Smith's paintings were chosen to tour France for a 1976
bicentennial show by the French Ministry of Culture. The
paintings toured France for a year. Robert Virnat, a French
art critic, stated, "Smith will place himself with the
descendants of impressionist. His paintings of spontaneous
landscapes are of extraordinary pale luminosity and yet vibrant in
my judgment, this is an artist of great quality." Smith
oils have been extensively exhibited in many galleries across the US
and France and may be viewed in many corporate collections and
projects nationwide, such as Binney & Smith Corporation, makers
of Crayola and Liquitex, International Homes Corporation, Hilton
Hotels Corporation, Holiday Inn Systems and the C. G. Rein
is best known for his landscapes of the American Southwest, Central
Plains, Southeast, and of Europe. His soft-focused gentle
brush work technique lends itself to a more classic subject.
It is with seeming ease that Smith diffuses a distant variety of
colored shadows interspersed with glowing light, to gently persuade
his focal point to become more real. Bolton and his wife Joyce now are residing and painting in the Texas Hill Country in the old German community of Fredericksburg where you also find many national historical register buildings and homes.