The ethereal beauty of nature, its replenishing qualities, as well as her training in art therapy/psychotherapy are major inspirations in Paige’s paintings.  She has long been a student of what is described as “finding bliss” by depth psychology, "flow" by positive psychology, and the Taoist idea of “way”.  These inspirations and ideas are at the essence of Paige's work.  Her paintings engender a space, or holding environment, where one is invited, awakened to, and reminded of the importance of the innermost workings of the human soul.  Her work speaks to a place just beyond consiousness where a deeper experience and meaning can be found.  She was born and raised in Alabama and spent large amounts of time playing in the fields and woods on her family’s land.  She received a bachelor of art in painting from Huntingdon College and a master's in art therapy and creativity development from Pratt Institute.  Paige is currently pursuing a doctorate in art education at Florida State University.  She has lived and painted amongst the people and landscapes of Alabama, Virginia, Nevada, Texas, New York, Hawaii, North Dakota, and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.  Paige's artwork has been exhibited and sold throughout the United States and internationally.  She now paints in her home studio and garden in Alabama.   
Paige has shared her love and knowledge of art as an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at Troy University, Wallace Community College, Western Nevada College, and as a workshop Instructor.  Her research focuses on contemplative arts based research, specifically the use of Taoist philosophical practices to guide art making as a means for self care, healing, well-being, and the development of compassion.
"Painting is a meditative process for me.  I apply many thin layers of paint to create a luminous, peaceful effect.  Through the creative process I rely on feeling and empathy, sensitivity to my medium, and the artwork’s surface and process to achieve a spiritual synthesis.  My art brings to my mind the awe and joy as well as the sense of calm and renewal found through a connection to nature.  I think each viewer will experience my work in their own unique way.  My hope is that my paintings become objects in their own right with a distinct physical and spiritual presence."

Curriculum Vitae

2017    Currently a doctoral student in Art Education at Florida State University
1997    MPS  Pratt Institute - Art Therapy and Creativity Development
1993    BA  Huntingdon College - Fine Art, Painting

Informal Education:
Painting workshops with various professional artists throughout the United States including Scott Burdick, Daniel Gerhartz, Kevin Macpherson, Tony Eubanks, George Hallmark, Bob Rohm, Lindy Bruggink, Ann Manry Kenyon, Edward Jonas, and more. 
Studied Jungian Psychoanalysis with the late Dr. Harry Wilmer

Professional Credentials:
Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Licensed Professional Counselor - Texas (LPC)
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - New Mexico (LPCC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)

College Teaching:
Troy University, Troy, AL - Visual Arts
Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL - Two-dimensional Composition, Art Appreciation, Sub for Drawing, Ceramics
Western Nevada College, Fallon, NV - Watercolor I and II, Portraiture
Baylor University, Waco, TX -  visiting lecturer, Art Therapy

Publications (Peer-Reviewed and Invited)
Smith-Wyatt, P. (2019).  Understanding art as experience through painting. (Accepted for publication March 9, 2018 - to be published early 2019).  International Journal of Education Through Art.

Smith-Wyatt, P. (2018).  Contemplative art-making as new materialist method.  (Accepted for publication March, 2018 - publication date TBA). SIX Magazine.

Smith-Wyatt, P. (2018). Artwork featured on promotional materials for Beverley Street Studio School, Staunton, Virginia.

Smith, P.  (1993). The Prelude.  Paintings were featured in this annual literary journal.  Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama.

Presentations and Workshops (Peer-Reviewed and Invited)
Upcoming - National Art Education Association annual conference 2018
       Watercolor Meditations: Art-making for Self-Care  (art supplies sponsored by DickBlick.com)
       Art + Science: Watercolor Botanical Illustration  (art supplies sponsored by DickBlick.com)
       Unique Beauty Art: A Reflective Approach to LGBTQ+ Identity Issues  (art supplies sponsored by DickBlick.com)
       Teacher's Toolbox:  Ideas for Engagement, Renewal, and Self-care
Florida Art Education Association annual conference 2017
       Shaping Potential: Activating the Imagination Through Stone Carving
       Art + Science: Watercolor Botanical Illustration
Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, AL - inservice docent training on activities to engage visitors to the art center
North Dakota Human Service Center, Williston, ND - inservice training on art therapy


Teaching Experience:
Charles Henderson Child Health Center, Art Expressions Community Art, Troy, AL
Watercolor Workshops for Adults - various locations
The Plant, Tallahassee, FL  Kid Empowerment Art
Arts for All Nevada/Lake Mansion Art Center, Reno, NV - watercolor, stone carving
Artist in Residence - Washoe County School District, Reno, NV
James Memorial Art Center, Williston, ND - oil painting, pastel painting, portraiture
Waco Art Center, Waco, TX
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Christmas Card Project
Life Enrichment of Houston, TX
Private art lessons

Art Therapy Experience:
Renown Inpatient Pediatric Unit, Reno, NV
State of North Dakota Human Service Center/James Memorial Art Center, Williston, ND
Private Practice, Waco, TX
Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, Waco, TX
International Center for the Disabled, New York, NY
F.E.G.S Continuing Day Treatment Center, Brooklyn, NY
Hebrew Home for the Aged, Bronx, NY
M.D.Anderson Cancer Center - Pediatrics

Selected Exhibits and Shows:
2018    National Art Education Association annual conference digital exhibition
2017    Art at City Hall Gallery, Montgomery, AL
2017     The Art of Being Southern exhibition, Johnson Art Center, Troy, Alabama
2017     Florida Art Education Association annual conference digital exhibition, reception held at St. Petersburg Museum of Art
2017     bG Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Gestalt 4
2017     Artful Journeys:  A New Chapter in Art Education, Florida State University, William Johnston Building Gallery
2017     bG Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Water and Sky exhibition
2017     Phyllis Straus Gallery, Florida State University, "Reflection: A Look Back at Black History from Past to Present"
2016    Heritage Exhibition, International Arts Center, Troy University, Troy, Alabama
2016    ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2016    Montgomery Museum of Fine Art's 2016 Italy Exhibition, Palazzo Panichi, Pietransanta, Italy
2016    Art at City Hall Gallery Summer Exhibition, Montgomery, Alabama
2014    Group Exhibit, The Lake Mansion, Reno
2014    Pastel Society of the West Coast
2013    Featured on the Interior Design Blog Houzz.com
2013    Apalachicola Art Walk
2013    LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival
2010    Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center
2008    Solo Exhibition - James Memorial Art Center
2008    Horizontal Grandeur, Stevens County Historical Society and Museum
2007    Albert Schweitzer Institute, Images of Peace Art Exhibition
2007    Women’s International Peace Conference Art Auction
2007    Artrageous Invitational
2006 - 2007   The Lagerquist Gallery Atlanta
2005    Featured Artist at the Piazza
2005    Kennedy International Fine Art Group Exhibition
2005    Alabama State Capital - Alabama Plein Air Group Show
2004    Local Artist of the Month - Wiregrass Museum of Art
2003 - 2008   Kennedy International Fine Art
2003 - 2008   Corporate Art Source Gallery
2003    Claybank Art Show - Dowling Museum of Art
2003    Featured Artist - Dothan Regional Airport
2003    Corporate Art Source Gallery Holiday Show and Sale
1999    Texas National - Stephen F. Austin Gallery
1999    Bridge the Gap Auction-The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children
1997    Pratt Institute
1996    Pratt Institute
1994    Huntingdon College Gallery
1993    Gallery One Group Exhibition
1993    Troy State University
1991    Enterprise State Junior College

Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, Waco, Texas
Cogito, Dothan, Alabama
Dover Counseling, Enterprise, Alabama
Lyster Army Hospital/Clinic, Ft. Rucker, Alabama
Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center, Ozark, Alabama
Enterprise State Community College, Enterprise, Alabama
Private Collections throughout the United States and abroad

2014    Scholastic Art Teacher Recognition Award
2004    People’s Choice Award - Local Color Art Exhibit, Wiregrass Museum of Art
2004    Purchase Award - Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center Juried Show
2003    Award of Merit - Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center Juried Show
1999    Honorable Mention - 38th Annual National Exhibition, Beaumont Art League
1996    Bolton Art Therapy Scholarship
1993    Huntingdon College Art Scholarship
1991    Dothan Advertising Federation Art Scholarship
1990    Cleve Donaldson Art Scholarship

Other Art Related Experience
Graphics Coordinator for Centennial Olympic Park, 1996 Olympic Committee, Atlanta, GA
Graphic Designer, Herff Jones Marketing, Montgomery, AL
Office Assistant for Christie's Southeastern Representative, Montgomery, AL
Intern/Office Assistant, Corporate Art Source, Montgomery, AL

Professional Memberships
National Art Education Association - Committee on Lifelong Learning, Seminar for Research in Art Education, Caucus on the Spiritual in Art Education, Asian Art and Culture Interest Group
Alabama Art Education Association
Florida Art Education Association
American Art Therapy Association
National Watercolor Society
Plein Air Florida - Invitational Member
Former member of Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America

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