The New York Optimist
© MMIX, The New York Optimist. All Rights Reserved. The New York Optimist & is a registered
trademark of The New York Optimist.  The New York Optimist is a registered service mark of The New
York Optimist logo and original photos are a registered trademark of The New York Optimist  . All other photos are property of the
advertiser. And are rightfully protected under their copywright protections.
You Tube
Digg It
My work explores the
continual struggle to
integrate the dual
worlds in which we exist:
the external world which
is the sum of our
sensory experiences,
and the inner world of
our mind and emotions,
and our physical and
visceral existence.
It looks at the
interdependence of
contrasting and often
contradictory realities or
viewpoints; the idea that in
order to truly appreciate
beauty and light, one must
allow for the necessity of
the dark truths that are as
much a part of our lives as
the innate pull towards
hope. Order and chaos,
the cerebral and the
instinctive, sacred and
profane- each requires the
Diving Twilight
This is a space where
there is the
opportunity to begin to
accept chance and
accident. A place
where one can
surrender, if only for a
moment, to loss of
control and the
freedom that this can
bring, and where the
boundaries of place
and time are not
From Ashes
Born in Harlow, Essex,
England, New York-based
artist Samantha Keely Smith
moved to the United States as
a child with her family. Smith
grew up for the most part in
New Jersey, but also spent
time in Michigan.

Smith started her College
Education at the School of
Visual Arts, NYC. She also
attended the Mason Gross
School of the Arts at Rutgers
University, New Brunswick,
New Jersey, earning her BFA
in Painting, with Honors.

Since 1999 Smith has
exhibited her work in several
venues, including her Solo
Exhibition at the prestigious
ACA Galleries in 2005, which
comprised an overview of her
work from 1999 to 2005 and
included 20 paintings.

Smith is currently looking for
new gallery representation
and/or new Curators and
Private Dealers to work with.