Tasha Smith Biography
Painted Paper Collage Artist
Collage artist and nature lover, Tasha Smith has been grounded in nature since she can remember. Tasha has been hitting the trails, hiking, and backpacking in the Oregon and Washington Cascades since she could walk. The natural world is where she feels the most alive and connected. As a girl she would take it all in, feeling joyful and curious, and continues to do so now as an artist. Tasha actively uses nature to not only inspire her landscapes and floral work, but as part of her process. Tasha uses local flora and fauna in her work by creating monoprints on a silicone printing plate called a gelli plate. You can find her regularly foraging for ferns, leaves, grasses, or flowers to use on the gelli plate to create texture and interest in her paper. These colorful paper prints are then incorporated into her art.
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 and printed using 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!
In 2000, Tasha 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 career as a fine 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. All three girls, Gianna (13), Ruby (11), & Stella (8) are now in school, which frees Tasha up to pursue her creative endeavors.
Tasha and her family moved to Camano Island, Washington in 2018. With a dedicated studio space on Camano, Tasha has been able to devote time and space to commit to a daily art practice. Tasha has recently taken a step back from actively pursuing shows & sales for much of 2020 – 2021 in order to stay home with her three daughters as they worked remotely and homeschooled. Tasha has continued to make studio time a priority during these unprecedented times, and looks forward to being more present in the community in the upcoming months. To follow her daily art journey, join her on Facebook and Instagram @tasha.smith.art.
Tasha has displayed and sold her work locally at a number of juried art shows, including
THE GUILDED GALLERY Celebrate Summer Juried Show, Stanwood, WA. 2021
JANSEN ART CENTER Summer Juried Show, Lynden, WA. 2021
CASSERA GALLERY Blue, Stanwood, WA. 2021
THE GUILDED GALLERY Celebrate Art Juried Show, Stanwood, WA. 2020/21
CASSERA GALLERY Winter Group Show, Stanwood, WA. 2019
SKAGIT ARTISTS’ Fall Juried Show, La Conner, WA. 2019
CAMANO ARTS ASSOCIATION Premiere Collection Show & Sale,
Camano Island, WA. 2019
Tasha is a member of the Camano Arts Association (CAA), the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild (SCAG), and the Northwest Collage Society (NWCS). To find out about upcoming events visit her EVENTS page.