Rhonda Smith is a contemporary artist known predominantly for her expressive, richly textured seascapes and bathers, where the layering and scraping of paint is as important as her subject matter. 

Recent figurative work is inspired by the charm, simplicity and longing of the family album. Tender images such as a boy and his cat, parents at Christmas or a mother and child in the garden - spark both recognition and emotion.

Rhonda's award-winning paintings are held in public and private collections throughout the UK and abroad, including those of Sir Mick Jagger, the Swiss Bank Corporation and Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

She lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland where she has painted full-time for over 25 years.



Born  1969 Glasgow



Glasgow School of Art  1987-1991  

B.A Hons. Fine Art (Drawing and Painting)


Solo Exhibitions


House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Richmond Hill Gallery, Surrey, 4 Person Show

Flying Colours Gallery, London

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley

Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh


Selected Group Exhibitions


2020-2017   The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle   

2020-1993   Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

2020-2006   Lemond Gallery, Bearsden

2018-2009   Lime Tree Galleries, Suffolk & Bristol

2015             Royal Glasgow Institute of Art, Annual Exhibition, Glasgow

2008             Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

2007             London Art Fair, BDC Islington

2006             Thompson’s Gallery, London

2005             Compass Gallery, Glasgow

2004             Aspect Prize Exhibition, Richmond Hill Gallery, Surrey

2003             Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

2002             20th/21st Century Art Fair, RCA London, Flying Colours Gallery

2001             Glasgow Art Fair, George Square, Flying Colours Gallery

2000             Chelsea Art Fair, London, Flying Colours Gallery

1999             Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow

1998             Flying Colours Gallery, London

1997             Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries London

1996             New English Art Club, Mall Galleries London

1995             John Rae Collection, Smith Museum, Stirling

1994             Historic Scotland, Stirling Castle Gallery

1993             Guardian Art Show, Whiteleys, London

1992             Hunting Observer Art Prizes, Mall Galleries London

1991             Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, RSA Edinburgh

1990             Christies Contemporary View, RCA London




Highly Commended Artist, Hunting Observer Art Prizes

Runner-up Young Artist of the Year, Hunting Observer Art Prizes

Winsor&Newton Young Artist Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters

The Bessie Scott Award, Paisley Art Institute

Aspect Prize Finalist, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery

House for an Art Lover Award, Paisley Art Institute


Public and Corporate Collections


Swiss Bank Corporation


Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

Thompson Macleod Design Consultants

Hilton International Hotels

William Grant & Sons Ltd




Hilton International Hotel, Glasgow

Thompson Macleod Design Consultants, Glasgow

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley



Paisley Art Institute -  Artist Committee Member


Published Works

Coastal Living USA - 2017