An Eye for Art: For surrealist Tim Smith, art is meditation and his is meant to inspire

An Eye for Art: For surrealist Tim Smith, art is meditation and his is meant to inspire
Tim Smith is pictured with one of his works that is titled “Tools of the Trade.” It depicts the opening of the inner eye. According to Smith, the inner eye is “your will to manifest reality.” (Courtesy photo)

Tim Smith is a regional artist who is an illustrator and surrealist. He drew when he was a child and eventually began to use colored pencils by the time he was in second grade.

He took two art classes when he attended Gettysburg High School. Smith took 2-D and 3-D Art classes at that time.


Some four years ago, Smith began transitioning back to his art as the focus of his life.

“Once I started doing art again I realized that I had missed it and it was my purpose,” he said.

A year later, Smith began to do a pastel mural at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring.

Smith drew the creation of the universe from the monad and then the first stars, galactic web, to galaxies, our solar system, our sun and then the Earth. Then the painting evolved and became the winery and wine fields and ended with grapes, a bottle of wine and a glass of wine. He did the mural in a surrealist style. Everything blended together.

Currently, Smith is working toward illustrating and writing children’s books and comics that focus on philosophy and current social issues. Smith is working on a book titled the “Dopamine Dungeon.” The book focuses on the fact that some people are so drawn into their cell phones and social media that they become lost in a dungeon. It is like a Skinner Box, ‘Press the button and get a dopamine pellet.’

“If you can show the ideas with a metaphor, you can give the viewer ‘bread crumbs’ inspiring the viewer to pull themselves back.”

Smith admires Kim Jung Gi, a South Korean artist who does illustrations with ink ( and is unique because he does not draw the image in pencil first. Kim Jung Gi draws onto the canvas from images his mind. That is the technique Smith uses. Smith never draws in pencil first.

“I feel that it loses something if you draw it first and put ink on top. The art loses some of its spontaneity and life,” he explained.

Smith participated in the show titled: “Feel the Art” at the Carroll NonProfit Center ( in Westminster as part of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster quarterly art show.

“As an artist, I am just taking ink and manifesting reality and creating something new,” Smith said.

Currently Smith uses pen and ink and soft pastel but is moving towards mixed media. The ink will become the foreground and the pastels will become the background.

“It is meditation for me,” he said. “Whenever I am in flow I am centered. I want my art to inspire people to be better. I believe you share your gifts to make other people’s life better whether it is just appreciating the aesthetic or taking the meaning from the art to make their lives better.”

Smith takes commissions and can be reached at or Instagram at traveling_artist_tim.