Veng is inspired by
nature and works in a small room with good light and music.
Born in 1981 in Staten Island, NY. Herb
Smith has studied painting by reading books, visiting museums, trail and
error and by learning the craft of painting. He has exhibited work in
the U.S and in Europe.
He focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations
coming from Ancient Civilizations, Science Fiction, Eastern Philosophy, Dreams,
Myth & the Super Natural. Embracing multimedia, his work has also been
incorporated in graphic teeshirts, prints, stickers, installations &
several other platforms that mend well with his personal imagery.
The structural differences between species along
with all the colors and other traits of an animal have maintained an endless
interest. The technique of building layers extending depth in a painting is
what first attracted him to oil paint and retains his interest still.
With each work he uses many different reference
sources to build up an idea. "Visually I would like the viewer to
recognize each part of the painting, but not to give the full story of the
work, rather letting the viewer work out his/her own overall idea. I’m not
working to create a “photo realistic” image, but to convey an illusion that