Born, Brookhaven, Mississippi; minimal education in the Pleasantville Church School; began to paint in 1980. Medium and support join in Smith's art to create a profound minimal expression. To this eye, her work is the clearest embodiement of certain recurring African semiotic motifs of the type of many scholars suggest occur in self-taught art. Smith paints on corrugated tin, whose undulating surface creates a unique enviromental statement. The rhythm of that surface is embellished with strong, warm color that is more subdued than the bright, high primary shades favored observation, the effect recalls the African-influenced works of Picasso's earliest cubist period.