Pat Smith, a native Texan and award-winning local artist, took home the first place blue ribbon for her prize-winning tree sculpture at the Art on the Square event held Saturday, Jan. 20 in Waxahachie.

Over the years, Smith has worked in various positions at Cedar Valley College, including as a rehabilitation specialist, academic advisor, adjunct faculty member, and tutoring coordinator for 20 years.

Smith was born and raised in the Panhandle of Texas near Lubbock but has resided in Lancaster for the past 36 years with her husband, Jim. However, after recently retiring, she spends a great deal of her time in Ellis County where she is an active member of the Creekside Church in Midlothian. She and her husband serve as greeters and monthly home hosts for one of the many Creekside Life Groups.

Smith also currently serves as the chairperson for the Ellis County Christian Women’s Connection, an organization which holds monthly meetings at the Waxahachie Country Club in Ellis County.

This talented lady began painting over 40 years ago as a hobby and has attended workshops off-and-on as family life, schooling, and work permitted.

“I love all things in nature, and this is the inspiration for most of my work," Smith said. "I am committed to expressing myself through the visual arts, and I love to encourage others to do the same.”

Pat has exhibited in several venues, and her work is in many private collections. Besides painting in oils, acrylics, and watercolor, she sculpts in wire and creates art with heirloom jewelry pieces.

Her artwork has been exhibited and sold at places like Rigsby’s Garden Center in Midlothian, Art on the Square in Waxahachie, DeSoto Town Center, The Bishop Arts District in Dallas at the Artisan’s Collective, The Arlington Peddler Show, Art in the Parking Lot at the Greenery in Waxahachie, and in the Waxahachie City Hall Atrium.

Smith is a member of the Ellis County Art Association and currently serves as secretary and historian for the DeSoto Art League. With the organization, Smith was invited to demonstrate her talent Feb. 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Desoto Presbyterian Church, located at 212 W. Pleasant Run Rd in DeSoto for their monthly art club meeting.

Smith and her husband love to travel when time allows. They especially enjoy nature-related vacations where she can paint and dapple in nature photography. This busy and proud mother and grandmother loves her family with all her heart.