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Mark Smith
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Mark Smith Fish Art Artist

The Artist

Mark W. Smith was raised in Brawley, in the Imperial Valley, in the low desert of Southern California. In his mother’s art class in the backyard, he was first introduced to the world of art and encouraged to participate. Mark graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a degree in Art History. While viewing and discussing art history, Mark met his wife Glenna and together they raised their two sons in Bishop, in the Owens Valley, in the high desert of Eastern California.

Mark W. Smith is known as “Smitty” on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho, where he works as a fly fishing guide. Mark spends a lot of time in Yellowstone Park, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone region with his fishing clients. Mark and Glenna operate their own art gallery over the summer months in Island Park, Idaho.

In the wintertime, they are back down in the desert in California. Mark enjoys exploring the Anza Borrego region and working in his studio in the Imperial Valley.

Artist Statement

As an artist, I have spent a lot of time making images from actual fish. It is called "gyotaku" or fish printing. I have focused on using these images in handmade paper pieces that are cast from plaster molds. Currently all I want to do is paint. In this work I have combined acrylic paints with gyotaku imagery and other collage materials into paintings on canvas and paper. I call them "fishscapes". — Mark Smith

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