Gallery Artists > Carl J. Smith Biography :

Carl J. Smith (b. 1924)  Artworks >>

When Carl J Smith was becoming known in the Texas Panhandle in the 1950s, I bought about eight of his paintings through an Amarillo promoter named John L McCarty. McCarty claimed that Smith was so shy that he would not talk with anybody except McCarty, so I never had the privilege of meeting him in person. McCarty told me he was buying all of Smith's output at the time for about $3 (sic!) per panel, and he sold the larger (about 24x28) Masonite panels to me for $125, and I think the smaller ones went for $75. My first painting (and I wish I still had it) was completely monochromatic in orange, and featured a mounted cowboy viewing his range. I believe a Hereford, Texas attorney, James W Witherspoon, also collected several of Smith's early works. I eventually sold all of mine in about 1976 to a CPA in Hereford TX named Stanley Schaeffer. Source

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