Eugene’s refined approach to watercolors includes wet-on-wet and dry-brush techniques. He uses a subtle palette, preferring to let the water coexist with the pigment in each composition. Eugene also works in printmaking and Chinese brushwork.
His subjects range from the nearby mountains and historic villages to the dunes and seascapes of coastal Carolina and Florida. A separate body of work features meditative and still-life compositions and landscapes done in an Asian-inspired style.
Eugene’s diversity of styles has created a large market, leading him to establish the Eugene B. Smith Gallery in Old Town Winchester, Virginia. He shows his work at this gallery, at juried exhibits throughout the U.S, and at special events, including charitable benefits.
His works are included in private collections internationally, and in 1997 Eugene completed a one-man show in Okayama, Japan.
A largely self-taught artist, Eugene is a graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College and Shepherd College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business.
He was a recipient of the 1993 Marion Park Lewis Foundation Grant. He was named Visual Artist of the Year by the Shenandoah Arts Council and awarded its 1994-95 ‘Artie Award’ for that distinction. In 1995 he was voted ‘Outstanding Alumnus’ by Lord Fairfax Community College.
Eugene has lived in Winchester since he was 6 years old. He married his wife Sarah in 1992 and they have two children, Kayla and Brennan.