Tasha Smith Biography
Painted Paper Collage Artist
In 2000, Tasha Smith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing and a Minor in Fine Art. That education has served her well in the past, but is a perfect fit for her new career as a collage artist.
In 2008, Tasha became a mom and committed fully to the role of mother, wife, and eventually homeschooler. Her primary focus for the last thirteen years has been growing strong, capable, and joyful daughters. Tasha previously homeschooled her daughters (Gianna (12), Ruby (11), and Stella (8)) for four years before introducing them to public school in 2018. After having all three girls in public school for two years, her family has now made a shift to home learning again. Tasha is currently homeschooling the youngest two during the pandemic, and Gianna is working remote through the school district.
“It has been a blessing to be able to shift to do what’s best for my kids! It’s tricky trying to work with all three kids home all day, but we’re making it work. My family has actually been very supportive of my work. I find little faces peering through my studio door, watching and oohing at my work.” -Tasha
Tasha moved to Camano Island in 2018, which was a great change for the family. Camano Island is a place to feel inspired, and a perfect location for an emerging artist. The art community in Stanwood and Camano has been very welcoming and supportive of her work. Tasha now has the space and time to devote to the artistic process. Camano Island is not only an art community, but it’s a beautiful place for those who love nature.
“I love the outdoors! I love to hike and backpack. I think it inspires a great deal of my work” -Tasha.
Tasha’s landscapes and florals show her love of the outdoors. These collage pieces tell a story of where she’s been and what she saw through her artistic eye.
Time in her home studio is spent mostly ripping and gluing. She starts with an acrylic under-painting on a birch panel. Once satisfied with her image, she proceeds to rip and glue paper. The paper has been painted with acrylic paint to bring color, vibrancy, and longevity to the piece. The result looks like a bright and colorful painting, but on closer inspection the viewer discovers more. It is a painted paper collage!
“Thank you for being part of my journey! Art is such a joy in my life. I hope my art will bring joy to you as well.” -Tasha Smith