Paige Smith-Wyatt

artist | designer | educator | author

The ethereal beauty of nature, its replenishing qualities, as well as her training in art therapy/psychotherapy are major inspirations in Paige’s creative work.  She has long been a student of what is described as “finding bliss” by depth psychology, "flow" by positive psychology, and the Taoist idea of “way”.  These inspirations and ideas are at the essence of Paige's work. She was born and raised in Alabama and spent large amounts of time playing in the fields and woods on her family’s land.  She received a bachelor of art in painting from Huntingdon College and a master's in art therapy and creativity development from Pratt Institute.  Paige is currently pursuing a doctorate in art education at Florida State University.  She has lived and created amongst the people and landscapes of Alabama, Virginia, Nevada, Texas, New York, Hawaii, North Dakota, and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.  Paige's artwork has been exhibited and sold throughout the United States and internationally.  

Paige has shared her love and knowledge of art as an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at Troy University, Wallace Community College, Western Nevada College, and as a workshop Instructor.  Her artistic practice research focuses on contemplative artistic practice, specifically the use of Taoist philosophical practices to guide art making as a means for self care, healing, well-being, and the development of compassion.  


"Whether creating a fine art painting or needlework design, art making is a meditative process for me.  Through the creative process I rely on feeling and empathy, sensitivity to my surroundings and medium, and the artwork’s surface and process to achieve a spiritual synthesis.  My art brings to my mind the awe and joy as well as the sense of calm and renewal found through a connection to Nature. My hope is that my paintings, photography, and other fine art works become objects in their own right with a distinct physical and spiritual presence that engender a space, or holding environment, where one is invited, awakened to, and reminded of the importance of the innermost workings of the human soul. With my needlework designs, I hope to share some of that awe, joy, and peace with others by inspiring and encouraging their own creative process. At root of all of my creative work is well being and resilience."


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Curriculum Vitae


2019    Currently a doctoral candidate in Art Education at Florida State University

1997    MPS  Pratt Institute - Art Therapy and Creativity Development

1993    BA  Huntingdon College - Fine Art, Painting

Informal Education

  • Painting workshops with various professional artists throughout the United States including Scott Burdick, Daniel Gerhartz, Kevin Macpherson, Tony Eubanks, George Hallmark, Bob Rohm, Lindy Bruggink, Ann Manry Kenyon, Edward Jonas, and more.

  • Self taught in watercolor painting and fiber arts including needlepoint, embroidery, applique´, quilting, crochet, wool felting, needle punch and rug hooking.

  • Studied Jungian Psychoanalysis with the late Dr. Harry Wilmer

Professional Credentials

  • Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor - Texas (LPC)

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - New Mexico (LPCC)

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

College Teaching

  • Troy University, Troy, AL - Visual Arts

  • Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL - Two-dimensional Composition, Art Appreciation, Sub for Drawing, Ceramics

  • Western Nevada College, Fallon, NV - Watercolor I and II, Portraiture

  • Baylor University, Waco, TX - visiting lecturer, Art Therapy

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 Solo exhibition - Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, Alabama, February 27 through April 13

  • 2018 Solo Exhibition - Wallace Community College, Dothan, Alabama, September 13 - November 8, 2018

  • 2008 Solo Exhibition - James Memorial Art Center, Williston, North Dakota

Selected Exhibits and Shows

  • 2019 Art Revolutions, Florida State University, William Johnston Building Gallery

  • 2018 NAEA Member Exhibition, NAEA Studio & Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

  • 2018 National Art Education Association annual conference digital exhibition

  • 2017 Art at City Hall Gallery, Montgomery, AL

  • 2017 The Art of Being Southern exhibition, Johnson Art Center, Troy, Alabama

  • 2017 Florida Art Education Association annual conference digital exhibition, reception held at St. Petersburg Museum of Art

  • 2017 bG Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Gestalt 4

  • 2017 Artful Journeys: A New Chapter in Art Education, Florida State University, William Johnston Building Gallery

  • 2017 bG Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Water and Sky exhibition

  • 2017 Phyllis Straus Gallery, Florida State University, "Reflection: A Look Back at Black History from Past to Present"

  • 2016 Heritage Exhibition, International Arts Center, Troy University, Troy, Alabama

  • 2016 ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2016 Montgomery Museum of Fine Art's 2016 Italy Exhibition, Palazzo Panichi, Pietransanta, Italy

  • 2016 Art at City Hall Gallery Summer Exhibition, Montgomery, Alabama

  • 2014 Group Exhibit, The Lake Mansion, Reno

  • 2014 Pastel Society of the West Coast

  • 2013 Featured on the Interior Design Blog

  • 2013 Apalachicola Art Walk

  • 2013 LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival

  • 2010 Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center

  • 2008 Horizontal Grandeur, Stevens County Historical Society and Museum

  • 2007 Albert Schweitzer Institute, Images of Peace Art Exhibition

  • 2007 Women’s International Peace Conference Art Auction

  • 2007 Artrageous Invitational

  • 2006 - 2007 The Lagerquist Gallery Atlanta

  • 2005 Featured Artist at the Piazza

  • 2005 Kennedy International Fine Art Group Exhibition

  • 2005 Alabama State Capital - Alabama Plein Air Group Show

  • 2004 Local Artist of the Month - Wiregrass Museum of Art

  • 2003 - 2008 Kennedy International Fine Art

  • 2003 - 2008 Corporate Art Source Gallery

  • 2003 Claybank Art Show - Dowling Museum of Art

  • 2003 Featured Artist - Dothan Regional Airport

  • 2003 Corporate Art Source Gallery Holiday Show and Sale

  • 1999 Texas National - Stephen F. Austin Gallery

  • 1999 Bridge the Gap Auction-The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children

  • 1997 Pratt Institute

  • 1996 Pratt Institute

  • 1994 Huntingdon College Gallery

  • 1993 Gallery One Group Exhibition

  • 1993 Troy State University

  • 1991 Enterprise State Junior College


  • Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, Waco, Texas

  • Cogito, Dothan, Alabama

  • Dover Counseling, Enterprise, Alabama

  • Lyster Army Hospital/Clinic, Ft. Rucker, Alabama

  • Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center, Ozark, Alabama

  • Enterprise State Community College, Enterprise, Alabama

  • Private Collections throughout the United States and abroad


  • 2014 Scholastic Art Teacher Recognition Award

  • 2004 People’s Choice Award - Local Color Art Exhibit, Wiregrass Museum of Art

  • 2004 Purchase Award - Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center Juried Show

  • 2003 Award of Merit - Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center Juried Show

  • 1999 Honorable Mention - 38th Annual National Exhibition, Beaumont Art League

  • 1996 Bolton Art Therapy Scholarship

  • 1993 Huntingdon College Art Scholarship

  • 1991 Dothan Advertising Federation Art Scholarship

  • 1990 Cleve Donaldson Art Scholarship

Publications, Presentations, and Workshops (Peer-Reviewed and Invited)

International Journal of Education Through Art, Spring 2019: 

       Visual Essay - Understanding Art As Experience Through Painting

SIX Magazine, Spring 2018 Florida State University: 

       Article: Contemplative Art Making As New Materialist Method

National Art Education Association annual conference 2018

  • Watercolor Meditations: Art-making for Self-Care (art supplies sponsored by

  • Art + Science: Watercolor Botanical Illustration (art supplies sponsored by

  • Unique Beauty Art: A Reflective Approach to LGBTQ+ Identity Issues (art supplies sponsored by

  • Teacher's Toolbox: Ideas for Engagement, Renewal, and Self-care

Art and Education for Social Justice Symposium at Florida State University

  • Unique Beauty: An art lesson based on queer and contemplative pedagogy.

Florida Art Education Association annual conference 2017

  • Shaping Potential: Activating the Imagination Through Stone Carving

  • Art + Science: Watercolor Botanical Illustration

Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, AL - inservice docent training on activities to engage visitors to the art center

North Dakota Human Service Center, Williston, ND - inservice training on art therapy


Reviewer, The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

Reviewer, International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education

Art and Design Publications

Upcoming, Winter 2020 Issue of Art Quilting Studio - My design/article will be the Art Quilt Walking feature article

Upcoming, Spring 2020 - wool applique´/embroidery design will be featured in Wool Works Magazine

2018 Work featured in Beverley Street Studio School marketing materials

2013 Featured on the Interior Design Blog

Smith, P. (1993). The Prelude. Paintings were featured in this annual literary journal. Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama.

Art Therapy Experience

  • Charles Henderson Child Health Center, Art Expressions Community Art/Art Therapy, Troy, AL

  • Renown Inpatient Pediatric Unit, Reno, NV

  • State of North Dakota Human Service Center/James Memorial Art Center, Williston, ND

  • Private Practice, Waco, TX

  • Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, Waco, TX

  • International Center for the Disabled, New York, NY

  • F.E.G.S Continuing Day Treatment Center, Brooklyn, NY

  • Hebrew Home for the Aged, Bronx, NY

  • M.D.Anderson Cancer Center - Pediatrics

Teaching Experience

  • Watercolor Workshops for Adults - various locations

  • The Plant, Tallahassee, FL Kid Empowerment Art

  • Arts for All Nevada/Lake Mansion Art Center, Reno, NV - watercolor, stone carving

  • Artist in Residence - Washoe County School District, Reno, NV

  • James Memorial Art Center, Williston, ND - oil painting, pastel painting, portraiture

  • Waco Art Center, Waco, TX

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Christmas Card Project

  • Life Enrichment of Houston, TX

  • Private art lessons

Other Art Related Experience

  • Graphics Coordinator for Centennial Olympic Park, 1996 Olympic Committee, Atlanta, GA

  • Graphic Designer, Herff Jones Marketing, Montgomery, AL

  • Office Assistant for Christie's Southeastern Representative, Montgomery, AL

  • Intern/Office Assistant, Corporate Art Source, Montgomery, AL

Professional Memberships

  • American Art Therapy Association

  • Alabama Art Therapy Association

  • National Art Education Association - Committee on Lifelong Learning, Choice Art Educators, Seminar for Research in Art Education

  • Alabama Art Education Association

  • Florida Art Education Association

  • National Watercolor Society

  • Plein Air Florida - Invitational Member

  • Former member of Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America


    On my blog you can find resources such as supply lists and handouts from my workshops. I also maintain a list of resources and links on my blog of the writings that inspire my work.

    Private Lessons

    If you are interested in private art and/or needlework lessons with Paige, please contact her to find out more. Lessons available include contemplative arts practices for self-care, healing, well-being and development of compassion as well as creativity development and traditional fine art. Paige teaches a wide variety of mediums and genres including watercolor, pastel, stone carving, palette knife painting in oil, egg tempera, drawing, collage, abstract explorations, watercolor meditations, florals, plein air/landscape, botanical illustration, and portraiture as well as many forms of needle and fiber arts including needlepoint, embroidery and wool applique´, quilting, crochet, needle punch/rug hooking.


    Paige teaches workshops nationally in various mediums and genres.  See EVENTS page for upcoming workshops.  

    Feedback from workshops:  

    "Amazing workshop.  Paige was very knowledgeable and supportive.  It was a calm and focused atmosphere and I loved every minute."  - Watercolor Botanical Illustration Student

    "I love her attitude towards making art and her choice of vibrant colors."  - workshop student

    "Mrs. Wyatt is a calm and nurturing teacher."  - workshop student

    Paige "was organized but relaxed in her manner.  No one in the class was accustomed to working on full-size sheets and she empowered us all to do so."  - workshop student