March 7: Amelia Rose Smith
As with many creative souls, Art chooses them, not the other way around. And that’s so true of Amelia Rose Smith. As a toddler, Rose thought her mom’s walls were “too plain” so she made them “pretty” with her big sister’s crayons. Her parents shortly knew to supply this budding artist with her own supplies, and soon Rose was upon her artist’s path. Rose Smith achieved a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Coker College while on full scholarship. Her first job was as an illustrator with the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department. She studied and rendered the flora and fauna of the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. This gave Rose a work ethic that remains with her today. The scientists and researchers of the ecosystems of our coastal regions reinforced her appreciation for the Lowcountry. Hence, her love of sea and sky. Rose sought gallery representation and became a full-time painter in 1984. Her work is in corporate and private collections worldwide. She is thrilled to have won so many awards, most recently, Best in Show at Piccolo Spoleto in 2017, and second place at Piccolo in 2018. She and her family live on beautiful Molasses Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC.