Teta Smith Art

About Teta


Teta Smith, owner of Teta Smith Studio, paints luminescent contemporary paintings in watercolor, acrylic, collage, and oil with cold wax. 

It comes as no surprise that when Teta was asked why she painted, her response was simply " 
I feel I've been created to create. Besides, I'm a nicer person when I have time to paint! " Pursuing her passion for art came naturally, guided as she is, by the ultimate Creator. Painting has now become an inseparable part of her life.

"I create to involve the viewer by expressing emotions and intangible concepts, supported by 
strong design. My paintings take me to places that I can't get to verbally, and convey so much that I can't express in any other way. Phrases, brief comments, scripture or a scene, can touch me deeply and I feel compelled to paint it." 

Teta enjoys weaving in symbolism and avoids photo realism in her work, preferring the sort 
of elusive quality that prompts a closer look and viewer interpretation. Her love of color was rewarded when 3 of her paintings were featured in the book Confident Color by Nita Leland. 

Teta also teaches all levels of Watermedia, Collage and oil painting classes in her studio in collaboration with the Sky Pony Gallery in The Shops at Willow Bend
. A seasoned teacher, she holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters degree in Counseling, which is a terrific combination for teaching the art of painting. She says, “I’m thrilled to watch my students enjoy painting and progress.”

Teta finds it satisfying when students apply the weekly lesson to subjects that inspire them. She spends a third of the class time in a demo & lecture format, and the rest of the time helping each student. Stimulated by the variety in her class, students are encouraged to paint everything from realistic watercolor portraits to non-representational acrylic paintings. Yet she is diligent in instructing them to consistently apply the basic principles and elements of design. 

Teta is an Associate member of National Watercolor Society, a Member of Southwestern Art 
Society, Richardson Civic Art Society, Art FocusXC
and Collage Visual Arts. Over the years she has her 
work has been accepted and won numerous awards in juried exhibitions.She is a frequent workshop coordinator, demo artist and juror.