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The art of David Smothers

One man's journey to his artistic calling

If the sun had been shining on a day spent with his kids 10 years ago, David Smothers might not have found his life-changing hobby. "My kids were bored one day, and it was a rainy day. I said, 'Let's go up and get some canvases and some paints and do some painting,' so I got a couple of sets of acrylic paints," Smothers said. The experience whetted his appetite for art. He had experimented with another medium a few decades ago. When he lived in Arizona from 1994 to 2000, he tried capturing desert sunsets with pastels, doing 10 or 15 drawings over a six-month period. That was the extent of his artwork until that rainy day in 2012. For more on this story see the LCR.


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