Allison Leigh Smith
Allison Leigh Smith began her art career in Ohio where she studied art history and illustration and taught at The Columbus Museum of Art. She traveled to Maui where she spent 7 years managing an art gallery in Lahaina before beginning her own career that included fine art painting and textile design for the fashion industry. Influences from these experiences- history, illustration, and textile design, can readily be seen in her fine art oil paintings.
In most recent years, Smith has been deeply involved in wildlife rescue. She volunteers time and donates to the sanctuaries around her homes in Arizona and Colorado.
Her goal is to connect the viewer to the animal as she has felt connected. There is always an element of the animal’s particular personality if it is one she had the privilege of working with directly.
Smith has been recognized by some of the most prestigious organizations in fine art including induction to The Society of Animal Artists at Signature level, finalist in The Art Renewal Center 4 years running, and purchases by The National Museum of Wildlife Art for their Contemporary Masters Collection and The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.