Editor’s note: Alison Dines, who grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Wheatley High School, wrote this profile of her friend Bre Smith, an artist who has found success painting for corporate and private clients. “My family, who still lives in Old Westbury, is like a second family to her,” Dines related.
Bre Smith began painting in her early twenties, and soon came to realize—after so many wonderfully encouraging comments from others at numerous art shows—that this was a passion she should continue to nurture.
Bre loves to paint and to create personal masterpieces that, over the years, have come to adorn the walls of many homes around the country. Her reputation has become such that whenever she creates a new painting, the demand for her work is immediate.
Bre’s paintings have been commissioned by many of her corporate clients in an effort to create something unique and spectacular for their offices, hotel lobbies, fine restaurants, as well as their private airports around the country.
With the onset of the global pandemic, Bre found herself in an unusual “position of opportunity,” and she seized it with the same enthusiasm she brings to everything she does. She began to pursue her passion for painting more aggressively, and resumed creating her masterpieces. Bre’s artistic talent brings out her inner joy, makes you smile, and inspires you to want to explore her work on a deeper level.
Her gift as an artist is just yet another manifestation of how inspiring she can be, once you come to know her. Bre’s capacity to light up a room with her smile, and her ability to make even the shyest person come out of their shell to engage with others, is a rare gift few others possess.
Bre’s just completed her time in France at the Chateau Orquevaux Residents Artists Program. She was able to create masterpieces we hope will end up on empty walls shortly.
Prior to going to France, Bre had been in the art spotlight in June of 2021 she was asked to paint two life-sized pieces which are now on display at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel. In January of 2022 she was the artist in residence for the J. McLaughlin store in Mizner Park, Boca Raton, FL. Bre was also asked to create a mural for the Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza store in Costa Mesa, CA, for the 150th anniversary of the famous department store.
Should you want to add a little brightness to your walls or offices please reach out to Bre and she will surely create something magical for all you and your guests to fall in love with.