Paintings

A Sampling from 65 Years of Paintings


1884 - 1949


by Effie Anderson Smith


Cochise Stronghold


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"Her exhibit is a reminder that Arizona offers every conceivable artistic problem of light, color, mass, lines and emotion.  Especially do Arizona lights test the abilities, for in few places is it so intense, so quickly changing and so suggestive of varying moods.  In this phase of work alone Mrs. Smith has established herself as an artist of excellent ability."


- Bernice Cosulich - Arizona Daily Star - January 25, 1927


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"The expression of space by a graduation of color ranging from the clear cut Yucca and yellow grasses across the base line to the many colored tips of the mountain vanishing in the sky was distinctive.  From the saturated colors of the desert to the hues of the mountain tops and shades of the canyons the noted colourist depicted Southern Arizona as only one could who loved the country and was in sympathy with its every mood."


- The Benson News - December 11, 1926


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"...It is the desert and the desert hills and mountains that this artist has glorified, not a land of sand and wasteland, but a country where color runs riot from its desert blossoms to its famous sunsets..." 


- Douglas Daily Dispatch - January 1942




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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.

Direct inquiries to: E.A. Smith Archive

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