As an accomplished artisan and designer Linda Stiles Smith’s designs often speak to women who are growing into their life purpose, who accept themselves and feel in tune with natures’ expression of wholeness, interconnectedness and joyful growth; women who are selective, appreciate and value quality, integrity and personal connections to life. Those who own Linda’s art say they are uplifted by the beauty and meaning that is an integral part of each piece.
Growing up near the Great Lakes, her surroundings have been a part of her art even before receiving her BFA from Wright State University. Although fascinated with a variety of media in college, she earned a fellowship to Yale Summer School of Art for her skill in painting. Being the oldest student in the group at 40 yo she managed to complete the session with a 4.0 grade in spite of a nagging back injury upon arrival. It was a challenging yet inspirational time. Painting and printmaking was her focus for several years after graduation. Her skills in capturing the essence of nature have earned her many awards in regional and national competitions.
“Creating art has been a way for me to express those feelings and hold onto the moments of that experience. I can relive them thru the work of my hands making nature inspired jewelry, paint landscapes or crafting home accessories peppered with bits and piece of the environment. We hope to make your moments memorable with our art. Enjoy!”
Several years after graduation Linda began making jewelry with husband Dale’s lampwork beads until she discovered silver metal clay in 2002. Since then she’s earned multiple awards for her designs in metal clay including Best of Competition in the national 2006 Bead Art Awards from Lapidary Journal. The winning piece incorporated metal clay beads that echoed the lampwork glass beads made by Dale. Among the list of successes is winning the Presidents Choice award from the CEO or Art Clay Japan at the Art Clay World, USA conference. Regardless of the medium, her work continues to be recognized by her peers establishing Linda as a talented and creative designer.
Although Linda continues to make jewelry, the lure of silver has been replaced by the colors of polymer clay, very similar to paint, and the many techniques unique to that medium. The vitality of incorporating a mix of materials makes the results even more rewarding. The challenge of taking a material with color and crafting it into a one of a kind piece of art that embraces the natural world is her passion.