C. Smith was born in San Francisco, California on June 12, 1961.
Among his earliest memories are those of the outdoor adventures
he shared with his father, an accomplished yachtsman and hunter,
and his two brothers. His mother remembers Geoffrey as "always
whittling something." That early talent was channeled when
his grandfather taught him to carve duck decoys. Starting at
an age of fifteen, Geoffrey perfected his carving skills, winning
many regional awards. The sale of decoys helped pay his way
through college in Bozeman, Montana. He soon realized the limitations
of wood carving as a technique and began sculpting in clay.
Geoffrey's first bronze was cast in 1984, opening a new world
of artistic possibility. His artistic style continues to evolve.
He describes it as "loose," with fingerprints tracing
and suggesting feathers and fur. A constant challenge to him
is to impart the impression of motion to his work. Faithfulness
to the spirit of the animal in its natural surroundings is very
important. Geoffrey seeks to draw the observer to the animal
for what it is, rather than trying to grant the animal human
characteristics or expressions. Geoffrey has opted for a traditional
chemical patina on his bronzes, and all pieces are cast using
the age-old lost wax process.
In 1996, Geoffrey moved to Florida with his wife and two children.
He wanted to spend more time indulging in his favorite pursuits,
such as diving, the study of water birds, and saltwater fly-fishing.
He has a gallery in the historic section of downtown Stuart,
Florida. Geoffrey is a member of the Society of Animal Artists.
"Loggerheads & Spades" bronze by Geoffrey Smith
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