Mentors


San Francisco and Palo Alto


May Bradford Shockley     May Bradford Shockley     ( art )

- May Bradford was among Effie Anderson Smith's earliest mentors in the West, beginning in 1908. They seem to have been of similar outlook.  Effie and May were strongly passionate about the arts, and both also had a deep understanding and connection to geology and mining - Effie, through her husband the mining engineer - and May, through her own work in that industry.  They each lived for extended periods in remote mining camps, and consequently both women appear to have been quite handy with a gun.



Laguna Beach and Arizona


Anna Althea Hills     Anna Althea Hills    ( more info)  (art)  (more art)

- A founder of the Laguna Beach Arts Association, Hills is also known to have painted in Arizona. Whether Effie Anderson Smith knew Hills in Arizona has not yet been confirmed.  It is known that Effie and her husband made frequent trips to Southern California and that Effie studied with Hills in Laguna Beach starting around 1914, returning there several times throughout the 1920's.  The influence of Hills on Effie's evolution as a painter of landscapes is clear.

 

Pasadena  - The S tickney Memorial School of Fine Arts


Jean (Gene) Mannheim     Jean (Gene) Mannheim    ( art )  

- Effie credits Jean Mannheim as being the greatest influence and source of encouragement in her art. She began studies under him in 1915 with special emphasis on landscapes.  Mannheim later told her to take all she had learned and to artistically 'work out her own problems' in Arizona.  Effie seems to have been especially energized by Mannheim and others in Pasadena.  Her enhanced technique and confidence increased the trajectory of her output steadily, and by the mid-1920's she was scheduling many solo shows and exhibits.  The resulting 'plein air' landscapes depicting the raw natural beauty of Arizona's deserts and mountains dominated her works, reaching a zenith in her Grand Canyon paintings, which became E.A. Smith's highest achievement.



Richard Edward (Emil) Miller     Richard Emil (Edward) Miller    ( more info )  ( art )

- Miller taught the 'life class' at the Stickney School, and E. A. Smith studied with him beginning in 1916. While landscapes dominate Effie's output, a few paintings depicting structures (homes, buildings) were created as commissions, but no portraits or still life paintings by Effie are known.  She would certainly have tried her hand at these in classes with Miller (and Jean Mannheim). Regardless, Effie mentions Richard E. Miller as a key influence during this important phase of her development as an artist. 


Jane McDuffie Thursday    Jane McDuffie Thurston   ( more info )

- E. A. Smith appears to have studied with Jane McDuffie at the Stickney School sometime around 1917 or after.  Details regarding the influence she had on Effie's work are still being researched and assessed.




Other Formative Art Studies took place at...


National Academy of Design     National Academy, New York


also in Philadelphia and Washington, DC

About this website...

Welcome to the E. A. Smith Archive.  This website features memorabilia from a collection of the artists' papers which remain in family hands. Newly digitized images of her paintings, photographs, documents and other emphemera are posted as they become available.


We are gathering details on paintings by Effie Anderson Smith to be included in our online catalogue raisonné, so we're always interested to hear about any E. A. Smith (Mrs. A. Y.) paintings, photos, letters or other related items you own or have seen. Your comments and questions are invited.

Reviving Effie's legacy

ANN JAPENGA continues her wonderful series CALIFORNIA DESERT ART with a very enouraging article about Effie's art, and our efforts to restore greater understanding and appreciation of Effie's artistic legacy.

Effie's Early Life in Arkansas

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARKANSAS  now includes an updated biographical sketch on Effie, including recently uncovered facts about her youth, in and around the towns of Nashville, Washington and Hope, in Southwest Arkansas.

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Effie's Life, in Brief...

 
 1869: Born near Nashville, Arkansas.

 1884: At 15 Effie is painting landscapes.

 1890: Weds W.M. Spencer in Hope, Ark.

 1891: Effie becomes a widow at age 21.

 1894-95: Teaches school in Deming, NM.

 1895-96: Weds A.Y. Smith, settles in Pearce.

 1904-28: Travels to CA for art studies.

 1907: Art becomes solace after death of baby girl.

 1914-16: Studies in Pasadena & Laguna Beach.

 1927-30: Notoriety of Grand Canyon works.

 1929: Fire at Smith home, some works lost.

 1931: Exhibits in major Eastern Cities.

 1931: Beloved husband A.Y. Smith dies.


 1932-45: Effie's most prolific years as artist. 

 1942: Effie unveils new series on Desert Flora.

 1945: Starts art discussion class in Douglas.

 1948: Effie begins painting Coronado Trail series.

 1949: 80th birthday retrospective in Douglas

 1951: Moves to AZ Pioneers' Home in Prescott.

 1953: Effie ceases painting due to vision issues. 

 1955: Death claims Effie - Age 85.


Exhibition Catalogue

An Exhibition Catalogue is now available from our 2012 Arizona Statehood Centennial exhibit in E-Book (PDF) format. We are happy to provide a copy to interested collectors, art historians, dealers and appraisers.

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