by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Warm Springs artist Jeanie Smith brings

   "Blankets of Love," an exhibit by Warm Springs artist Jeanie Smith, combines bright colors with animal and human subjects of mystery to create visual parables.
   An opening reception for the show will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Art Adventure Gallery in Madras, with artist's talk at 5:30 p.m. The gallery is located at 185 S.E. Fifth St.
   Smith's mystical approach to painting won her a "Most Original Painting Award" in 2004 at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and she has received several Best of Show awards at art festivals.
   "My paintings are a mystery to me. Sometimes, I have vague ideas prior to beginning a painting. As I paint, images change and flow, often morphing from one perception to another. Dreams contribute to the process, with colors emerging and receding without contemplation. The end of one painting is the beginning of the next. I feel like a creative conduit, interacting with color and discovery," Smith said of her work.
   Her "Blankets of Love" pieces come from early childhood memories of her mother comforting her in times of trouble by saying, "You are wrapped in a blanket of love and no one or no thing can hurt you."
   The artist has been involved with art since the age of 5, and was encouraged by her family of artists. She is an avid reader, and also enjoys hiking and traveling.
   In 1978, she founded a private auditing corporation, TOPAZ Enterprises Inc., and maintained offices in Washington D.C. and Portland, providing services to Fortune 500 companies. She retired in 1995 to create art full time.
   Smith now divides her time between homes in Warm Springs and Palm Desert, Calif., with her husband Ken Smith and her silky terrier "Bennie."
   Her paintings have appeared in solo art shows and galleries in Madras, Palm Springs, Hollywood, and Los Angeles, McMinnville, Vancouver, Wash., Hood River, and Portland.
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