Suzy Smith(American, b. 1951)
Smith, a Kentucky native, grew up riding horses across a Thoroughbred breeding farm. She began to draw and paint as a child with an interest in horses, dogs, and people. Married to a cattleman who is an avid wing shooter, Smith has found inspiration in their cattle herds and hunting dogs as well as in the splendid horses and talented horsemen of the region. She has sought instruction from other notable national and international sporting artists and considers Alfred Munnings, John Emms, Edgar Degas, Rosa Bonheur, and Maud Earl some of her favorite animal artists. Her work has been juried into The Pastel Society of America’s annual competition in New York City and has been exhibited in venues such as the Birmingham Spring Home and Garden Show in Alabama. Her work can be seen through Cross Gate Gallery and Chisholm Gallery.