The ART Beat of Forsyth Woman: Jane Goodman-Smith


This month’s featured artist and educator, Jane Goodman-Smith, began cultivating her unique style and creativity at ten years old and has created a lifetime of artistic impact through her work. From her fine art and graphic design background to her experience in broadcast design and courtroom sketching, Jane continues to pour every aspect of her life into her passion for creating unique pieces and experiences.

Jane Goodman-Smith | Fine Art

How would you describe your work?

My work is a mix of Impressionist techniques with Flemish style undertones.  My style could be described as realism with an impressionistic approach.

What influences your art?

Pieces that influence my art would be ones that bring out an emotion through the use of color, light, and composition.  I’ve always been inspired by the talents of Sargent, Monet and Mary Cassatt.

How have you evolved, personally, as an artist?

I’ve evolved through 58 years of practicing different mediums and styles, and in doing so, cultivated my own personal technique.  I am classically trained in the Flemish style but have transitioned into impressionism over the course of the last ten years.

What would you say is the difference in the apprenticeship teaching you offer versus a traditional art class based instruction?

I encourage each student to find their own subject of choice that inspires them, and then receive personalized instruction based on their medium of choice, subject matter, and desired technique.  They receive demonstration and critiquing for each separate project.  This learning atmosphere creates a sense of comradery that inspires artists to try new mediums and techniques.

How do you carve out time to be creative?

Implementing a good work-life balance is key. Anything artistic in nature requires an extreme level of focus and energy.  I am enjoying the perks of retirement which allows me to recharge accordingly and look forward to independent projects and guiding students to new levels in their artistry.

What are you working on that excites you right now?

The most exciting thing to me is being able to help other artists develop their technique and watch them feel accomplished along the way. I currently have three ongoing classes a week for adult artists who have an interest in developing their skill set in varying mediums. It is easy to continue a hobby at home but there are often many distractions. I offer a space away from interruptions for artists to relax and focus on their project.

What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with fellow artists?

It’s about trusting yourself.  In my daylight studio, we explore the freedom of making “mistakes” and making them work for the individual piece. As Bob Ross said, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” I’ve learned that each of us are created uniquely and we must learn to trust our own insights and abilities.

If you are interested in learning more about Jane Goodman-Smith you can find her work online at You may also contact the artist regarding any inquiries at (336) 766-5286 or email at


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