Suzanne 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.