“company” name: Low Mileage Art
(I have always felt a deep, twisted kind of admiration for
the used car business.)
bowling name: Norm X
Born: Michael Lee Smith; Akron, Ohio; 1960
Parents: normal, middle class
Migration Pattern: Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Akron,
OH; Columbus, OH; Tulsa, OK; Columbus, OH; Tulsa, OK; Albany,
GA; Lakeland, FL; Tampa, FL; Lansing, MI; Underhill, VT.
A.A., 1980, Polk Community College, WinterHaven,
FL; B.A., 1982, Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa,
FL; M.A., 1987, Applied Anthropology, University of South
Florida, Tampa, FL. (Additional coursework toward M.A. in
Heath Care and the Humanities at Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI.)
I worked in various capacities in the mental
health field from 1983 to 2000. I am now producing art full
Current Conditions: I reside in a house in
Underhill, VT with my fiancée, our dog, two cats, and
fourteen sheep (which aren’t actually allowed in the
house). My studio is above the garage but I have really taken
over much of the house.
I began painting in the late 1980s as a way
of killing time while working night shift in a psychiatric
hospital in Tampa, FL.
For the most part, I am a self-taught artist.
(In Tampa in the early 90s, I took a watercolor class and
an acrylic class.)
My Dad used to paint some. He mostly copied
other images. I thought it was cool. I can’t do that.
For a time when I was a kid I wanted to be
a cartoonist. I always chickened out when it came to submitting
anything for publication.
Among my most admired/influential “brand
name” artists are: Van Gogh, Duchamp, Picasso, Dali,
Magritte, Warhol, Peter Max, etc.
I seldom read much fiction. I tend to read
about art, social sciences, science, true crime, biography,
current events, history, etc.
Other interests include: music, laughter,
vegetable gardening, cooking, eating, raising sheep, living
Among my favorite quotes: “Technique
is nothing more than failed style.” (From John Waters’
film Cecil B. Demented.)
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