Andrea Smith, world peace artist, philosopher and peace activator was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She moved to Maui, Hawaii in 1981. She has been referred to as a painter of the spirit and always depicted as a colorist. Her work is created in an unusual outdoor studio where the natural sunlight permeates into everything she paints. Andrea works in acrylics, pastels and watercolors.
Smith was an educator for over 10 years. Because of her intense feelings for the educational system, Andrea’s imagery has been used by Prentice Hall for creative writing exercise books at various grade levels throughout the United States. This is an honor bestowed on very few people.
Andrea along with the former President of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Carazo developed the first Art For Peace Calendar in 1986, which has been published continuously from 1987 to 2007, where her message of inner peace can be seen on a daily basis.
Her painting “Seeing Eye To Eye”, a visual representation of getting along with others, graces the University For Peace in Costa Rica. This organization was founded by the United Nations and Andrea Smith has been lending her support for the past 15 years.
Andrea has been exhibiting her paintings and sculptures internationally for over 50 years. She has had exhibitions in Japan, Indonesia, Egypt and Europe, as well as throughout the United States.
Smith opened her own gallery in 2001, in the high desert community of Sedona, Arizona, and has resided there since 2008. The gallery features her paintings as well as sculpture from her travels around the world.