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For over 25 years Colette Odya Smith has been pursuing her love affair with pastels, exploring ways to find and amplify the beauty and mystery that exists quietly all around us. While staying grounded in realism, especially in her passion for water imagery, she pushes her work to the edge of abstraction and creates purposeful ambiguities to allow space for the viewer to ponder with her. She layers her pastels over a watercolor underpainting creating with the same elements of dust and water that she depicts
A Milwaukee native, now living in Wauwatosa, she wanted to become an artist from the beginning. After getting her degree in Fine Art and Humanities, she taught art in public schools and raised two children. Discovering pastels in classes at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, she has worked nearly exclusively with them ever since.
Ms. Smith has exhibited widely in the US and internationally including France, Germany, and China. Her work has won many prestigious awards and is in public, private and corporate collections. She is a Mast...