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Graphic Portraiture by Carly Jaye Smith

A black, white and red acrylic portrait of Elizabeth  TaylorQueen Elizabeth, acrylic on canvas

Based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Carly Jaye Smith creates unique works of graphic portraiture with mixed and recycled media on canvas. Many of Carly’s subjects are celebrities, such as singers, actors and athletes. She often favours subjects from a certain era, with figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Ray Charles featuring prominently.


An action painting of football player Brett Favre cheeringFavre Fever, acrylic on recycled wood

Carly’s pop-art influenced style also carries over into her portraits of friends and family. Exposed wood grains, subdued colour palettes, and bits of pattern add to the over antique or vintage feel of these portraits.


A screen capture of paintings on Carly Jaye Smith's websiteFree Agents gallery on Carly's website

The artist also takes commissions, and will work together with customers to bring their art ideas to life.  In her Paintings with Passion gallery, Carly shows some works that she has done for and with clients, and gives a bit of insight into why each work is important, both to the artist and the client. You can contact Carly through her website at 


A black and white painted portrait of a smiling young coupleThe Hetheringtons, acrylic on wood

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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