“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” Psalm 36:9

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

Seeing depends on light. As an artist everything I see God created, from nature to the emotions of man. Since I am made in His likeness I have inherited a portion of that creativeness as my own. I think an artist is one who intentionally and purposefully creates from the heart and the soul something perceptive, something imaginative, something beautiful to make a difference in the world.

Portraiture and figures are my favorite things to paint. I also paint prophetic abstracts and figures often in live venues. Recently I have tried my hand at plein air painting.

My paternal grandmother taught me how to sew at the age of seven. That launched me into a lifelong pursuit of creative craftsmanship and problem solving. The oil painting journey began January 2004. Born inside the DC Beltway, raised in San Diego as the second of eight siblings, I raised my four kids, including homeschooling them, on 40 acres in Washington State and later worked as a missionary out of El Paso, TX.

Green Tina“, my first ever oil painting was accepted into a national show in 2004 through the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, NC. I’ve had the privilege of taking workshops from Luana Luconi Winner, George Thompson, Tom Edgerton, and Ned Mueller.

I sign my paintings as “jmps”. The short explanation is, these are my initials: Jean Marie Piszkin (maiden name-Polish/Russian) Smith. I currently live in Winston-Salem, NC.