Biography / Resume

Elizabeth Apgar-Smith, best known for her impressionistic landscapes of the Schoharie Valley region, cityscapes, still lifes, and depictions of people engaged in everyday living, is currently focusing on an evolving, touring exhibition, Faithful Labors, a tribute to Schoharie Countyís farm families. The exhibit opened in spring of 2005 at Wellingtonís Herb & Spice Farm Gallery in Schoharie, then moved on to The Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont.

The Skidmore College graduate has earned numerous regional and national honors over the years for her pastels, watercolors and oils. She has been featured in articles in two major art magazines, and has had multiple examples of her work included in six books on painting technique.

Elizabeth teaches at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in Greenville, NY, the SUNY Cobleskill mini-course program, and offers weekly classes in the spring and fall from her studio in Schoharie. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, the Northeast Watercolor Society and the Capital Region Oakroom Artists.

Artist Statement:

I consider myself to be a contemporary Romantic painter, an impressionist interested in creating images that celebrate the beauty I find in the world around me.

For the past 27 years, I have called the Schoharie Valley of Upstate New York home. Its pastoral character and salt-of-the-earth people have been a perpetual source of inspiration to me in my landscape and narrative works. Although I have painted all manner of subjects over the years, living in the midst of the natural bounty of the Catskill Mountains offers me daily inspiration unavailable to many artists.

My most recent focus has been on Schoharie Countyís family farms, and on the noble farmers who struggle to maintain a disappearing way of life. In my paintings, I have strived to combine what I see as a romantic landscape with the depiction of the honest, hard-working farmers who toil each day to produce our food. I have named the touring exhibition, three years in the making, Faithful Labors.

My hope was that I might pay tribute to the beauty in the honest struggle of farm work, thereby placing a spotlight on a profession too often forgotten. The emotional reactions Iíve received from farmers who have viewed the exhibitions have convinced me that my endeavor has been worth all the time and effort I put into creating the body of work and encourage me to further my exploration of the subject.

Opening for Faithful Labors Show



Workshop presenter. . .

Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania

Education . . .

Skidmore College, B.S. Art Education/Concentration in Painting (1975)

Woodstock School of Art - five years study in painting with Zhang Hong Nian

Solo Shows . . .

Smithy-Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown - 2007

Old Forge Arts Center - 2006

The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont 2005

Wellingtonís Herb & Spice Farm Gallery, Schoharie, NY2005

Oakroom Artistsí Gallery, Schenectady, NY 2002

South Shore Art Gallery, Little Falls, NY 2000

The Mural Gallery, Stamford, NY 2000

The Catskill Center Erp Gallery, Arkville, NY 1999

The Shellnut Gallery, RPI, Troy, NY 1999

Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY 1998

Picture Perfect Art Gallery, Canajoharie, NY 1997

William K. Sanford Gallery, Latham, NY 1996

Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery, Canajoharie, NY 1994

Dogtail Fine Art Gallery, Wingdale, NY 1993

Grosvernor Gallery, SUNY Cobleskill, NY 1993

Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont 1992

The Hudson Gallery, Hudson, NY 1992

SUNY Oneonta Gallery, Oneonta, NY 1992

The Wellesley Hotel Gallery, Thousand Island Park, NY 1991, 93, 95

Selected Honors & Juried Shows . . .

Individual artist grant, NY State Council on the Arts, 2004

Adirondack Express Award, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY 1999

Pastel Society of America National Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC; 1996(award), 1997 (award), 1998, 99, 00, 01.

American Watercolor Society National Exhibition - Salmagundi Club, 5th Ave. NYC, 1996&99

The American Artists Professional League National Exhibition - Salmagundi Club, NYC, 1996

Winsor & Newton Ltd. Edition Collector Calendar Selectee, 1994The Artistís Magazine Annual Competition - 2nd in landscape, 1992; Cover Competition

Golden Circle Award, 1994

Munson Williams Proctor Institute 40th Watercolor Exhibition, Utica NY

Frederick Remington Art Museum Watercolor Exhibition, Ogdensburgh, NY

Northeast Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Goshen, NY: Award, 1999

American Frame Award, 1998

Northeast Watercolor Society Award, 1996-97

Edith Pelin Award, 1994

Times Herald Record Award, 1993

Richard VanTieghhem Memorial Award, 1992

Silver Bay Association Award, Adirondack Park Centennial Watercolor Exhibition (included in traveling exhibition), 1992

Merit Award, 15th Annual Non-member Salmagundi Art Exhibition, NYC

Best of Show, 1991,92,93, Pruyn House Annual Juried Exhibition, Loudonville, NY

Stockade Award Winner, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY 1990, 91, 93 & 95

Rotary Club Award, Cooperstown Art Associationís Annual National Art Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY 1992

Merit Award, Cooperstown Art Associationís Annual National Art Exhibiton 1997

9th International Juried Exhibit of Pastels, Pen & Brush Gallery, NYC

Julia Lucille Award, 10th International Juried Exhibit of Pastels, Watchung Art Center, NJ

Award Winner, National Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY 1991

Affiliations . . .

Juried Member:  The Pastel Society of America

Northeast Watercolor Society

Oakroom Artists - Capital District professional artists


PA Farmland Trust Artists Workshop 

Teacher, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

State University of NY at Cobleskill - mini-program instructor

Guest presenter at Colonie Art League, Bethlehem Art League, Schenectady Art Association & Elmira Art Association

Galleries . . .

Picture Perfect Gallery, Canajoharie, NY

Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY (summer season)

Local Color Gallery, Latham, NY


Work Published in . . .

American Artist Magazine Feature artist, the pastel page, 1999Capture the Charm of Your Hometown in Watercolor by Frank Loudin, North Light Books,

Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998 (guest artist) Winsor & Newton Limited Edition Collectorís Calendar, 1994The Artistís Magazine December 1992 & August 1994100 Great Watercolor Tips by Miranda Fellows, Quarto Publishing 1994 Trees, Flowers & Foliage by Patricia Seligman, Quarto Publishing 1994Texture: How to Draw it, How to Paint it by Martin Davidson, Quarto Publishing, London,

England 1993 Painting the Effects of Weather by Patricia Seligman, Quarto Publishing, London, England