“You’re wasting your time getting art degrees and may as well put signs up to exhibit next to your washing machine like all the other girls.”
Almost 60 years later, Susan Smith still remembers that comment from a professor.
“It spurred me on to be a success,” she said. “And I never liked that guy anyway.”
And successful she became. Smith went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from the University of Wisconsin, and has had a career spanning six decades.
The artist, who lives in Skamania County, has had her work displayed at shows throughout the Columbia Gorge, where she has lived since 1990. This month, she is the featured artist at the Second Story Gallery at the Camas Public Library.
“I love art because I have something I can speak through,” she said. “I don’t get around well, but I can still create and stitch. I do what I please with my art and there are very few rules.”