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2006 Featured Artist, JOELLE SMITH
1958 - 2005

The San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association is very saddened by the passing of the highly respected Western Artist JOELLE SMITH. Joelle had been selected as the Featured Artist for their Sixteenth Annual Western Art Show and Sale to be held at the California Mid-State Fairgrounds in Paso Robles, California and her work will be the Featured work at the show this year. Joelle is internationally collected and housed in many of the more prestigious homes and offices throughout the world, and she has been honored throughout the country for her historicaly accurate and beautifully portrayed ranch life of the working Vaquero. Joelle is a participant in many of the major Western Art shows throughout the country and has won numerous awards for her paintings.

  • In addition to her paintings, Joelle has now produced some of the finest bronze art to be found. Her vast knowledge of the Vaquero life is unequaled.
  • Joelle's work is a reflection of her experiences on ranches throughout the West. Her paintings are records of contemporary Western life, her legacy to future generations.
  • Joelle Smith's work consists of watercolors, oils and bronzes of contemporary working cowboys, buckaroos and ranch horses.
Joelle riding Wyatt
Photo courtesy of Joelle Smith.com

"That's the Spot" artwork by Joelle Smith

Joelle's life revolved around her love of horses, both in her work and in the rest of her life. She lived with her mother, Sally, on twenty acres in Alfalfa, Oregon, along with seven horses.

Her favorite subject was horses, and these she painted with true passion. "The art came from the horses," she explained. The love of horses was always there and so was the art, but the horses came first."

All of Joelle's subjects were real horses, real places and real people. She did not pose them for her paintings, but tried to capture a slice of life in a documentary style. Many of the horses in her paintings are her own, as they were close by. She made at least two trips out of the area a year to gather material.

Joelle's paintings are very collectible. See more of her work online at:www.joellesmith.com. Donate to the Joelle Smith Benefit fund.

Joelle’s sought after western limited edition prints and bronzes will be a superb addition to our highly successful national show, which includes 50 extremely talented professional western artists. All the artists will be available to meet and talk to the public during all hours of the show.

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