Jeff Smith

Welcome To My Fine Art Portfolio

My watercolour and mixed media paintings are inspired by the natural and man-made landscapes of North East England where I live, and locations I have visited and documented on my travels in Britain, France and Italy.


Take a moment to look through the gallery, and please get in touch for more information.

Drawing at my desk at the age of 4 years old
Drawing at my desk at the age of 4 years old
Painting in acrylics in the 1980's
Painting in acrylics in the 1980's
Retiring from teaching in 2015
Retiring from teaching in 2015
Exhibiting my work at an Art and Craft fair in 2017
Exhibiting my work at an Art and Craft fair in 2017

Artist Bio

Jeff Smith

Born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Lives in South Shields


As a young child I could occupy myself quietly for hours with only a pencil and paper. That has never changed..... 

I studied at South Shields Grammar School for Boys, trained to be a teacher at Eaton Hall College of Education, Retford, Nottinghamshire and taught Art and also more recently Photography at St Joseph's RC Academy, Hebburn, until I retired in 2015.

Although I have experience of painting using oils and acrylics, I prefer to draw and to use watercolour and mixed media on paper. 

I produce carefully observed drawings and paintings, and in my work try to combine my love of colour, shape, line and texture in particular with my desire to represent my subjects realistically and true to life. 

  I feel a strong personal attachment to the natural and more especially the man-made landscapes of my native North East England, and locations I have visited and photographed on my travels in Britain, Italy and France. My artwork reflects my great interest in historic places, buildings, art and artefacts and my appreciation of the people from the past who helped to shape them.


I have long admired and been influenced by the work of a range of artists, including the landscapes of John Constable, the social observations and  industrial landscapes of Spennymoor artist Norman Cornish, the mixed media techniques of Moira Huntly, and the fantasy illustrations of artists such as Alan Lee, John Howe and Tim Hildebrandt. 


I am now exhibiting my work at a number of art

and craft fairs in the North East area.

Here is our stall at the Aln Valley Railway

Summer Fayre in Alnwick in July 2019.


I have a range of blank greeting cards available for purchase, featuring some of my watercolour paintings and printed on textured white matt 324 gsm card.
Price: £2.00 per 6 x 4 ins card

          £2.50 per 7 x 5 ins card

          £3.00 per 8 x 6 ins card with envelope and              acetate sleeve.


Two of my paintings of Bamburgh are now in their new home in Denver, Colorado, USA.
I have sold my most recent view of 'Cragside' and 'Penshaw in the Snow'. 

In addition, two views of 'Thrum Mill', 'Ruined Chapel on Church Hill, Alnmouth', 'Cragside in the Snow', 'Bamburgh in the Snow,' 'Bamburgh from the North', 'Bamburgh in May,' 'Armstrong Cross' have been sold in Elements, Rothbury.....greeting cards still available for purchase.

I sold my painting of Elvet Bridge in Durham at the Customs House, and sold 'Salters' Trod' in Westoe Village, South Shields.



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