Welcome to the Blue Creations Timeline – a living history of the artist Adam Smith, from his early work in 1997 to the present day.
About Blue Creations
My name is Adam Smith. I'm a northwest artist and designer living in Port Orchard, WA, and my art business is called Blue Creations. I seek to "Inspire Life" by giving others the very best of my artistic talent in order to encourage and empower them. I create fine art drawings and paintings, a mix of other art products, and accept the occasional commission or graphic design project.
I studied fine art at Olympic College in Bremerton before earning my Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I launched Blue Creations in 2009 as my graduation portfolio from The Art Institute, I turned it into a business in 2015, and it's been a huge blessing to me in many ways. It's a reflection of my journey as an artist, designer, and entrepreneur.
Born in 1979, Arlington, WA.
1997 - 2000, Olympic College
2006 - 2009, Bachelor of Science Media Arts & Animation, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
2016 - 2018, Masters of Business Administration, Western Governors University
2019, Hot Shots Java, Poulsbo, WA
2019, The Helen Norris Open Art Show, Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard, WA
2021, The Helen Norris Open Art Show, Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard, WA
2023 - onward, Saint Kitts series
2018 - 2022, Water and Trees series and individual works
2015 - 2018, I was trying to figure out what BC should be, focused on branding
2009 - 2015, I made a small number of individual works while pursuing business
2006 - 2009, I was at The Art Institute and doing freelance design projects
2000 - 2006, I was pursuing my sales career and wasn't making much art
1997 - 2000, I started moving in the direction of being an art teacher, then dropped out
Before 1997, My childhood, discovered my passion for art up through high school
2020, The Pursuit: Becoming a Christian Business Leader
2019 - Present, Development Director, West Sound Youth For Christ, Bremerton, WA
2017 - 2019, Kids & Families Lead, newlife church North Mason
2016, Executive Team Leader Human Resources, Target, Silverdale, WA
2015 - Present, Owner, Blue Creations, Port Orchard, WA
2013 - 2014, Store Manager, Starbucks, Bremerton, WA
2010 - 2013, ETL Logistics & Operations, Target, El Paso, TX & Las Vegas, NV
2009, Internet Sales Manager, Bob Howard Nissan, Oklahoma City, OK
2008 - 2009, General Manager, MK's Photography, Stillwater, OK
2007 - 2008, General Manager, Linens N Things, Oklahoma City, OK
2002 - 2006, Internet Sales Manager, Advantage Nissan, Bremerton, WA
2000 - 2002, Automotive Sales, Heartland Toyota, Bremerton, WA
1999 - 2000, Furniture Sales, Futon of North America, Silverdale, WA
1998 - 1999, Frozen Food Manager, Walt's Fine Foods, Wauna, WA
1997 - 1998, Sports Program Manager, Kitsap Gym & Racquet Club, Port Orchard, WA
Leadership & Retail Management
Branding, Marketing, Sales
Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Animated Film Production
Christian Theology & Youth Ministry
Chefs are inspired by smells and taste. Musicians are inspired by sounds. Dancers are inspired by movement. I have always been inspired by the things I saw.
I have always felt compelled to draw and paint things that were both positive and beautiful to me. They were a refuge for me while I was surrounded by difficult childhood circumstances.
As a child growing up in the 1980's, I was captivated by animation, comics, movies, video games, toys, shopping malls, theme parks, and sports. I loved the wide range of stories, characters, settings, and their connection to visual art. I loved being able to escape into my imagination as I played outside with my friends, and these kinds of things inspired me to create my own worlds on paper. I would sit in front of the TV watching Bob Ross and Walt Disney and dream about all the things I could create.
My family is from Port Orchard, Washington. I live here now with my wife (Dr. Amanda Smith, DVM) and our six children. The first ten years of my career were in sales followed by ten years of retail management roles. In 2017, I finally had the courage to begin pursuing the things on my heart full-time which were my art and youth ministry.
As an adult, my appreciation has shifted to the world around me here in the Pacific Northwest. The natural beauty of our surroundings creates an endless supply of inspiration. In my paintings, I usually take an impressionist approach where I can show the beauty of everyday life and find a balance between accurate depictions and loose brush work. I will intentionally change or add color to enhance the emotional impact of the work. It’s more important for me to paint how something makes me feel rather than just how it looks.
Some of the most famous art movements were created as a response to the suffering in the world. My aim is to “inspire life” through my work. I started to believe in and follow Jesus in my early twenties, and this experience has blessed my life in so many unexpected ways. My gratitude for all He has done for me motivates me to serve others and help them find the same peace and joy that I have found in this life; especially since this world is simultaneously filled with so many dark and tragic things.
Many of my friends and family battle things that make life feel unbearable at times. In the midst of all that pain and suffering in the human condition, I believe hope is real and available. I know that God can positively transform our stories. I want my work to be something that can help someone heal or be reminded that God loves them. I want them to see the beauty found in Creation and ultimately the beauty of our Creator. I believe God is an artist and that we are His masterpiece.
Adam C. Smith