Commissioned portraits

Suzanne Lavone Smith "Kelsy" oil portraitFor over 35 years, Suzanne Lavone Smith has produced award-winning fine art with an emphasis on portraiture. Her oil portraits are intuitive and realistic with a painterly freshness. She specializes in working from life but will work from suitable photographs as needed. Whether working in oils, pastels or charcoal, Suzanne consistently captures the essence of the subject, producing an heirloom quality portrait suitable for home or business environments.


smith pet portraits

Painting or drawing portraits of your beloved pets is one of Suzanne's specialties.

For more information about commissioning Pet Portraits,


Original Fine Art

Suzanne Lavone Smith-Still lifeSuzanne Lavone Smith creates customized original artwork to complement any interior design. Still life subjects or landscapes of any size are available upon request.

Suzanne has created murals, business displays and other special requests for public and private collectors. Her extensive background enables her to produce a wide variety of work in almost any medium.


Art instruction & workshops

Suzanne Lavone Smith 615-373-0770Suzanne Lavone Smith offers regular classes at her studio in Brentwood, Tennessee, as well as occasional workshops throughout the year. Her classes include the fundamentals of drawing and painting with individual coaching. Students learn to develop their own style while adhering to basic key elements that become more involved as artists mature.

 For class or workshop schedules, e-mail or call 615-373-0770

about the artist

Suzanne Lavone Smith portrait artist 615-373-0770Suzanne Lavone Smith has studied art throughout her life including classes with many of today's most noted masters, gathering knowledge directly passed down from a wide range of artists from John Singer Sargent to Willem deKooning. Her primary interest is representational art, or realism vs. expressionism and abstract art, though she includes aspects of those within her work when appropriate. She has an intense interest in portraiture and has been driven to become skilled in alla prima techniques, painting quickly from life with highly accurate results. This direct painting skill is equally evident in her plein air landscape work and still life demonstrations.

Suzanne's work has won numerous awards in competitive exhibitions primarily in the Southeast. Her commissioned portraits are on display in academic, medical and corporate environments as well as private collections.

Suzanne enjoys supporting other artists through non-profit art organizations and has volunteered for over 18 years in various capacities for the Portrait Society of Atlanta, where she is a Juried Member and served as PSA President from 2001-2003. In 2013 Suzanne was appointed onto the Portrait Society of Atlanta Advisory Board, a lifetime honor. She also volunteered for the Portrait Society of America as the Tennessee State Ambassador for several years organizing statewide events and educational opportunities.

Suzanne is a published author of numerous magazine articles on the subject of portraiture as well as interviews with masters of the art world.