Testimonials

David Connolly, Brigus, Newfoundland.
“I began taking art courses three years ago and have learned more from Gary than from any other art teacher. After taking just two of Gary’s courses I took part in my first juried group show and sold sixteen paintings.”

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Maryann Murphy, Toronto, www.maryannpaints.com

“The greatest piece of luck I had as a beginning painter was to meet Gary Smith. First as a member of his class at Lucsculpture and later as a private student, I have benefited from his enthusiasm,  his broad and deep knowledge and his unique ability to  make his students believe in themselves.”

Maryann quit her career in Nursing to take up painting. She is advancing quickly as a private student and is exhibiting in juried shows already. Gary
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Rieko Myauchi, Japan

“I just enjoy painting and I am happy if people feel good to see my paintings. You taught me how exciting painting is. You showed me how to paint with passion.”

Rieko came to Toronto for a few months to improve her English but learned to paint too and learned amazingly quickly. When she returned to Japan we were able to stay in contact and  coaching over the internet by using Skype. Gary

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Crystal Costa

“I was introduced to Gary’s painting classes about a year ago and have been painting ever since. Although I have had previous training, Gary has helped me come out of my shell to really embrace art and the voice inside. By inspiring me to paint what I want to paint, Gary has helped me to realize and develop my style into what it is that makes my art mine.

Gary’s personalized approach enables him to be encouraging and make art what it is meant to be.. Whether it’s happy, calming, or a way to escape for a few hours, his lessons have truly brightened up my life.”

At our recent plein air island workshop I was delighted that when I suggested that the artists really connect to the landscape, Crystal walked right into the lake and stood in the water while she painted it. No surprise then that she got 2 wonderful water paintings!    Gary

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Emma Arragon       http://emma-aragon.blogspot.com         http://artgalaforum.com

” Gary has helped me “see” those important components that make a painting interesting; Composition, values, warm and cool, etc.  He always brings something new to class that adds to the many layers of art appreciation, and enhances our understanding of the process involved in creating art. Beyond the instruction on painting techniques, he has helpful information on participating in exhibits, additional courses, and suggestions on seminars.   I truly appreciate what I’ve learned in the last 3 years.”
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Françoise Cockburn      http://francoisecockburn.blogspot.com

“I find Gary’s art classes very enjoyable. He is a caring and skilled teacher because of his warm personality and his artistic talent.

He knows how to encourage and guide each student on the path that (s)he is interested in pursuing. He observes and listens, makes comments underlining one’s strengths,

He gives suggestions and demonstrations that allow each individual to improve his/her techniques and to grow as an artist.”

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Moshe Mikanovsky    http://www.mikanovsky.comshapeimage_2_link_0      zozzle.com/mikanovsky

“A couple of years ago I took a phone seminar with Aletta de Wal of the Artist Career Training, covering the top 10 tips for artists to boost their art marketing.

One of the tips was to take a mentor, someone who is in the business and can help and direct me. Out of an impulse, I asked Aletta if she knows anyone in Toronto. I had no idea that Aletta was actually from Toronto, but now living in California, and her answer was: “Go this weekend to the Riverdale Art Walk on Queen Street East in Toronto, and look for Gary Smith”. And that’s exactly what I did. Since then, Gary loves telling this story to everyone willing to hear it. And I have learned a lot from Gary. Not just formally in the painting classes I took with him, but also from his approach to the trade. Gary himself admits he is the typical artist, but he has wonderful ways of finding business opportunities, and sharing them with all of his students.”

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Sun Woo Ha

““Mr. Gary was great teacher for me because he made me express my feeling.
Even when I returned my hometown I can feel that winter’s great experience and  especially Gary’s instruction.

Every one need to understand inside of our mind. Drawing can help it,

Mr. Gary can help not only your drawing skill but also peaceful mind.”

While Sun Woo visited Canada to learn some English he took a 12 lesson Painting Class with me at LS3.
I appreciate his feedback and ask you to please excuse his grammar and note his sincerity.   Gary

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