John Smither

Cheast Fall #3
Cheast Fall #3

oil on panel, woodcut print, video 60" x 72" 2017

Asahel Curtiss Trail
Asahel Curtiss Trail

oil on ​panel, woodcut on panel, video 72" x 84" 2017

Johnny Creek
Johnny Creek

oil on panel, video 30" x 48" 2017

Hoh Oxbow
Hoh Oxbow

oil on panel, video 80" x 48" 2016

Otak Marin Kovac
Otak Marin Kovac

oil on panel, video, woodcut 24" x 30 2016

Front Yard
Front Yard

oil on panel. video. woodcut 24" x 24" 2016


oil on panel, video 25 " x 48" 2016

Wilderness Peak - Winter Solstice
Wilderness Peak - Winter Solstice

oil on panel, video 50" x 60" 2015

Ms. Raven's Movie Night
Ms. Raven's Movie Night

oil on canvas, streaming TV, recorded video 96" x 180" 2018

Ms. Ravens Movie Night
Ms. Ravens Movie Night
My concerns lie more with the capturing of a feeling of time and place rather than an accurate physical rendering. I take fairly simple subjects and inject them with a visual rhythm and emotional interpretation. Season, place, time of day, and visceral experience all come into play. I intentionally give hooks of the recognizable which allow the viewer to be drawn in and participate with their own feelings and experiences of the subject. Since graduate school, my subjects have changed from chaotic frenzied beasts, to crumbling urban scenes, to eventually just plant forms. All of these have the thread of a similar treatment.

Recent Solo  / Two Person Exhibits


2018       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

2017       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

                Vashon Art Center, Vashon Is., WA

2016       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA
2015       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012       Carco Theatre, Renton, WA

2012       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA
2011       CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA



Recent Juried / Curated Shows

2019       Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR

                Interstate, Central Wa Univ., Ellensburg, WA

                City of Kent Summer Art Exhibit, Kent, WA

2018       Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

                Cannon Beach Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR

                Kirkland Center for the Arts, Kirkland WA 

2017       Seattle Storefronts, Seattle, WA

2016       CVG Show, Bremerton, WA
2015       City Arts Summer Art Walk Awards Show

2014       On the Boards, Seattle, WA
                On the Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA

2013       COCA, Seattle, WA
                Gallery at Lake Forest Park, Seattle, WA

2012       Juried Arts at the Port Exhibit, Anacortes, WA
                Ida Culver Broadview Juried Show, Seattle, WA

2011       CVG Show, Bremerton, WA


You might also have seen my work in the Seattle area at...

A-1 Piano
Alchemy Salon
Calamity Jane's
Edward Jones
Habitude Salon and Spa
Pig'n Whistle
University Inn
Verve Bistro and Cellar
Wine World