Laurie Smithwick is

an abstract painter and printmaker working primarily in monotypes, acrylics, and collage. She was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where she began practicing as an artist and designer as soon as she could hold a pencil. She studied art, publication design, and creative writing at Duke University, and graphic design and photography at Parsons School of Design. Laurie was the Creative Director and founder of LEAP Design, and is a partner in the Alt Summit design conference. Her design work earned her a Grammy nomination, and she has delivered a TEDx talk on the genesis of ideas.

Laurie has exhibited in New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and St. Thomas USVI, where she recently held a solo show of her monotypes. Her abstract work reveals her devotion to color, tension, and hierarchy, as well as the balance between rules and intuition.

After stints in France, the British West Indies, New York City, and Durham, she is now back in Charlotte, where she lives with her one husband, two daughters, and three cats.