painting by Harriett Rex Smith
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In her tenth decade, fine artist Harriett Rex Smith is still painting, both her signature very large astronomy watercolors inspired by Hubble space photography, and her meticulously rendered acrylics on canvas. Inspired by Southern Oregon’s verdant mountains, she paints plein-air landscapes and travels to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and coastal California for more subject matter.

Harriett Rex Smith trained as a fine artist during WWII and returned to school in the 1970’s to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree. Her reputation was first established in the Chicago area, and she moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1978.

Harriett welcomes visitors both to her painting studio in the mountains outside Ashland, and to this website. Giclée (archival) prints of many of the paintings and collages shown here are available. Contact the artist for more details.