Artist Portrait: Gail Smith

Gail Smith’s roots often find their way into her paintings.


“I grew up in Brunswick. I love to paint marshes, beaches and landscapes,” she said. “They seem to touch people. They like having them in their homes because it reminds them of something they enjoy.”

Smith is a member of Women on Paper, a group of artists whose works are on display at Sacred Heart Cultural Center through Dec. 27.

She decided to pursue an art degree in college, but on the advice of a school official who was her neighbor, she opted to add an educational component to her degree. She graduated from Georgia Southern University and spent about a decade teaching art in school.

Women on Paper is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Smith has been a member of the group for about seven years. Members meet weekly on location to paint.

“It’s such an encouragement for my painting,” she said of the group.

Members provide feedback for each other, which Smith finds helpful especially before an exhibit.

Smith’s works can also be found at Art on Broad and online at She and others from Women on Paper will have paintings on display at the Columbia County Library in January.