This is K. C. Smith

By Gwylym Owen

Keith Cornock (K.C.) Smith was a Canadian artist.

Born in Daupin, Manitoba in 1924, Smith was raised in Depression times British Columbia. He became a believer of the upfront environmental help the League of Conservationists, explored the Coast Mountains and the Rockies, worked as a camp cook for a trail guide help and superior as a park naturalist at Wasa Lake Provincial Park.

During the Second World War Smith served in the Canadian Navy. When the clash ended, he found a job as an apprentice sign painter, later keen throughout the British Columbia interior. Later, he worked painting movie marquees. One of his most memorable paintings was a 12-foot high image of Orson Welles at the Studio Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In the 1950s, Smith travelled the western USA, eventually energetic as a journeyman sign painter in Laguna Beach, California. In 1952, he married Arlene Legault and began painting formally. They raised their sons (Mike and Blake) and a daughter (Jamie).

Smith led workshops and mentored artists such as Cameron Bird and Karen Hershey. His circle of associates included painters Carl Rungius, Nicholas de Grandmaison and sculptor Nicholas Scriver.

Smith was adamant that painting was practically technique and feeling as much as subject; that brushwork was as important as composition. The bulk of his artwork comprised oil paintings and pencil sketches.

Smith lived in and near Cranbrook, B.C. through the 1970s and 80s. He future moved to Vancouver and next to Qualicum Beach where he lived and painted until his death in July, 2000.

A Collection of Original Paintings, Prints and Sculpture of Contemporary Sporting and Wildlife Art, Sportsman’s Edge, Ltd, 136 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021, (212) 249 5010;

Information from the artiste and his family (wife: Arlene Smith), through Adele-Campbell Fine Art & Design Gallery, #110-4090 Whistler Way, Whistler BC V0N1B4, 1-888-938-0887;

Prolific Painter Left Legacy, by Bob Mackin, from North Shore News, August 4, 2000;

Produced 1,000 Paintings in 10 Years, by Donn Downey, The Globe and Mail, August 2, 2000;

Renowned Landscape Painter Smith Passes Away, The Cranbrook Daily Townsman, August 2, 2000;

Gray’s Sporting Journal, Volume 12, issue 3, Fall 1987;

A Passion for Canadian Wildlife, by Ali Richmond, The Whistler Question, August 30, 2007;

Keith C. Smith 1924-2000: A Memorial Exhibition, by Judy Szabo, The Whistler Question, February 27, 2003;

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