As a young child, born and raised in Washington, DC, Patrick Smith had two loves; art and basketball. As a child of the inner city, the outcome of his future was determined by how he spent his time. When he wasn’t playing basketball, he was certainly keeping busy with his sketchbook. He strives to busy the body and the mind.
Through the support of teachers in both elementary and junior high schools, who saw great potential in him, Patrick was blessed with the opportunity to attend the Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington, DC. It was there that his passion for visual arts was cultivated and explored. While studying at Duke Ellington, his love for visual arts grew more fondly into portrait art. Patrick often times found himself in the hot seat with his teachers when he would stray from the task by making his classmates his subjects. He would get lost in the expression and tones of the human face, and wanted to archive it on paper. Patrick continued his studies at West Virginia State University.
Patrick would find the arts always often as his saving grace. From childhood through adulthood, it was the one thing that gave him peace and faith, no matter how difficult life had become. In present day, some of his favorite subjects, like Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, respectfully) and Marvin Gaye are those that have struggled and overcome, and inspired social change.
In early adult years, Patrick also found a strong love for music. Being able to channel all of his life’s experiences into something positive and productive was paramount. In addition to visual art, music and writing became that outlet.
Patrick is still very enthusiastic about portrait art, and is inspired by the likes of Basquait, Patrick Nagel and Jacob Lawrence, to name a few. He has always been moved by the intensity of their work. He says he sees the emotion in their art; tones, shades and lines. And it is the intricacies and nuances of human expression that moves him in his art.
Patrick resides in the Washington DC area, and is avid into health and physical fitness, despite his love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When he is not drawing or painting a new fascinating subject, or exploring new art in the city, he can be found writing and making beautiful music.
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