Lorie Bonville Smith – Mustard Seed Art
‘Use the talents and resources you are blessed with’ has been a very meaningful life mantra to live by for Lorie (Bonville) Smith. Born in Presque Isle, ME and married Canadian.
Lorie grew up in a large family where a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility was instilled by her parents who were creative and not afraid to think outside the box.
As a child of 10 Lorie’s passion for art was recognized by her parents, who enabled her to foster as a protégé of the late, Verna Hedrick of Presque Isle, Maine. For seven years during after school lessons Lorie trained with Mrs. Hedrick. As well as the techniques of oil medium painting Mrs. Hedrick also shared her love of art and infused her students with joie de vivre. To this day, it is Lorie’s motto~ Paint Happy! She truly believes that being at peace with herself and the world around her is key to creating her best art.
After 21 years of working in the healthcare industry as a Registered Nurse, IT Analyst, Educator, Project Manager and Independent Contractor in the US and Canada it was time to follow her heart’s desire; painting.
On June 20, 2016, Lorie registered and opened Mustard Seed Art and in her first year painted 165 paintings. Lorie’s art varies in styles from realism, impressionistic, modern, contemporary and abstract. Lorie has recently begun working in a new medium, acrylic with a lacquer finish.
Mustard Seed Art has been the fulfillment of a passion credited to a God-given, creative spirit. Lorie posts her newest work on her e-Commerce Store at www.mustardseedart.ca and several social media sites regularly: Facebook, Instagram, Google Business, LinkedIn and Twitter before the art is even dry. When asked why the name, "Mustard Seed Art," her response is, "I paint and have faith that they will sell."
Lorie describes herself ‘like a tree’ planted on the Canadian/US border with roots and branches reaching into both countries ~ equally loved.
One recent, Canadian highlight was when the town of Florenceville-Bristol, NB purchased a painting from Lorie to gift to New Brunswick, Premier Brian Gallant who visited the area on July 15, 2017. Nine of Lorie’s paintings also decorated the Shogomoc Train Museum where the NB Premier and other dignitaries were hosted for Canada's 150th Regional Celebrations. Florenceville-Bristol was 1:4 NB locations chosen for the 150th Celebrations. We are #NBProud.
Lorie's first, Solo Exhibit was at Wintergreen Art Center, 149 State St., Presque Isle, ME from Aug. 4-30, 2017. Presque Isle, ME being her hometown and brings a stronger 'international presence' to her artistic talents, which was 'just icing on the cake'.. Lorie occasionally attends open markets in her area.
Locally, Lorie's art is displayed at:
iArtView a software used at Mustard Seed Art allows Lorie to project a piece off her artwork onto a wall and room. This allows customers to love the art, it's size, proportions and colors before they purchase it.
Contact Lorie for a special commission piece, purchases, additional outside Gallery Exhibits and/or Showings, to schedule an appointment for a private viewing of her art at firstname.lastname@example.org
All artwork is copyright ©LBS and ©Lorie Bonville Smith.