Tasha Smith Artist Biography

Painted Paper Collage Artist

In 2000, I graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor of science in business/marketing and a minor in fine art. That education has served me well in the past, but is a perfect fit for my new career as a collage artist.

In 2008, I became a mom and committed fully to the role of mother, wife, and eventually homeschooler. My primary focus for the last twelve years has been growing strong, capable, and joy-filled daughters. Four years of homeschooling was a big commitment, but it was a time I will always cherish. All three of my girls, Gianna (11), Ruby (9), & Stella (6) are now in Stanwood-Camano schools, which frees me up to pursue my creative endeavors.  

Moving to Camano Island has been very freeing. I now have the space and time to devote to my artistic process. I love the outdoors and can be found hiking weekly. Much of my time outside inspires my landscapes and florals. Camano Island is a great place to feel inspired, and a perfect location for an emerging artist. The art community in Stanwood and Camano have been very welcoming and supportive of my work.

Time in my home studio is spent mostly ripping and gluing. I start with an acrylic underpainting on a deep cradled birch panel. Once satisfied with my image, I proceed to rip and glue paper. The paper has been painted with acrylic paint to preserve the longevity of the paper and therefore the collage. The result looks like a bright and colorful painting, but on closer inspection the viewer discovers more.  It is a painted paper collage! 


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I am a member of the Camano Arts Association (CAA) and the Stanwood-Camano Art Guild (SCAG).  Look for me at the:

CAA’s Premiere Collection Sale

Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd., Camano Island WA 98282

Saturday, November 2, 2019 10 – 3