Highland Park High School senior Jack Smith will display a selection of his paintings and sculptures at the Blue Print Gallery.
The exhibit is scheduled for Oct. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 2701 Fairmount Street.
Recognized for his heavy body acrylic canvases with bold colors, Jack has interpreted his subjects and idea of nature, landscape, and objects through abstracts, realism, and mixed media. He has been said to have a creative mind with a natural attention to detail.
Jack’s artwork will be available to purchase at the event and a portion of his sales will be donated to HP Arts and The Noggin Foundation, a group dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students – a cause close to the hearts of the Smith household.
Blue Print is hosting the event and providing food at no cost to Jack to help promote the Highland Park artist, his mother Malley Smith said.
Jack began drawing and sketching at a very early age when unlike most young children, his art took recognizable form and color. His first painting, Penguin, earned him the cover page of the Westminister Preschool newsletter at age four. A natural artist, his understanding of light, color, and form continues to evolve and expand as he explores new mediums.
Jack began formal painting study at Zhen Music and Art Institute in Dallas at age 10 and continues to learn and experiment inside and outside the classroom.
His teacher, Zhen Wu, is an advocate of young artists and has helped him grow technically while mentoring his talent and spirit.
Since 2013, Jack has consistently been selling, commissioning, and donating paintings. He is a regular contributor to Children’s Medical Center, and has donated paintings to benefit Cattle Baron’s Ball, Autism Treatment Center, Highland Belles, Dallas Junior Forum, Delete Blood Cancer, and the Museum of Biblical Art Educations Programs.