James Robert Hale-Smith

The Comet Hyakutake, 2023
mixed media
21 x 8 in

A friend in San Francisco wrote letters to me and I wrote back to him, writing to each other often for 20 years. I have included these letters in many of my pieces, they are very personal pieces I have created after his passing as an homage. The title comes from part of the letter still visible after the oil pastel is applied. The depth of the work comes from the layers of letters and many times I create works that tie back to the story the letters tell, which inspires my creation of the piece.

James Robert Hale-Smith

James Robert Hale-Smith was born in 1945 in Pontotoc, Mississippi.  He earned his Associate's Degree in Arts from Itawamba Junior College before attending the University of Mississippi for his Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degree in Theater.


"Art has always been my passion. I appreciate it and I collect it. The works of Impressionists and, particularly, the Abstract Expressionists are important to me. I never tire of studying the paintings of American artist, Joan Mitchell.", states the artist. 


Hale-Smith continued in his education at San Diego State University in their British Theatre Studies Program in London followed. 

He began teaching at Meridian Junior College as an instructor in public speaking and theater in the Fine Arts Division in August of 1970 and he retired from Meridian Community College in May of 2000. 


James Robert Hale-Smith's work has been exhibited at Lounge Arts Gallery in Jackson, MS., the A Gallery Hattiesburg, MS, Lucas Road in Meridian, MS and a one-person show at Miller Art Gallery at Meridan Community College. 


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