Jason E. Smith

Jason is from Newport, RI. He is a 2007 graduate of CCRI and a summa cum laude graduate of URI in 2010 with a bachelors in studio Fine Art. His concentrations included drawing, printmaking and digital art and design. He formed a bond with some of his professors and they have helped motivate him in his young professional career. Jason joined Hera gallery in the spring of 2014 and fulfilled the role of working artist and website updater/developer. 

Artist Statement

The core of my fine artwork is connected to the study of ancient art history, mythology, mysticism, religious beliefs and symbolism. Reading on these subjects leads to a visual summary of my interpretations. The knowledge behind the artwork can be appreciated with the symbolism and hidden meanings behind the figurative imagery. I use pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, oil pastels, paint as well as the intaglio and lithography methods of printmaking. My interest in digital media has produced professional logo designs, digital art, tshirt designs and album cover contributions. Most recently I've challenged myself further by expanding to web development and taking on the role of studying various computer languages. My current body of work involves the use of oil and acrylic paint markers on the archival dura-lar surface. They measure 18"x 24" and are framed 21"x 27" with a 2" matte border.