Caryn Smith is a contempory landscape painter who pushes color in her work using rich oils. She also enjoys the freedom in painting abstracts. She takes her visual cues from nature, siphoning imagery from memory or imagination. She loves color and texture, and uses these elements to create a harmonious balance between spontaneity and control. She is inspired by the play of light and shadow on nature and her surroundings. She has lived in Charleston, SC for 20 years, finding endless subject matter in the beautiful lowcountry. After college at Ole Miss and Ray College of Design in Chicago, she enjoyed a career as a residential interior designer for 12 years before devoting herself to painting full time. She has studied with many noteable artists such as John Doyle, Rhett Thurman, Camille Przwodik, Rick Nelson, Emmy Bronson, Laurie Meyer, and Billy O'Donnell. Her work has been featured on the sets of several shows and commercials such as Army Wives, Identity, and South of Hell and Inspectors. Her work was mentioned by New York Times best seller Dorothy Benton Frank's novel "Return to Sullivans Island". She has exhibited at Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition for 10 years and is in many private collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.