If you’ve spent any time in Anglin Smith Fine Art (especially on a weekday between the hours of 10 and 2), you probably know that the space serves multiple purposes. Not only is it a gallery exhibiting the colorful works of the Smith family and other artists, it’s also a studio for painter Jennifer Smith Rogers. Most days, you can find Jennifer set up with her easel in the corner, painting away by the large window’s natural light.
“I am able to get in here and focus only on painting and not get distracted by the piled up laundry and other things at home,” Jennifer says. “It’s also inspiring to be in such a beautiful setting in the middle of the French Quarter. And I love being able to make connections with people as they browse through the gallery.”
If you drive about 45 minutes south of the gallery to a little town called Meggett, you will discover the studio of Betty Anglin Smith. Her studio overlooks the flats of the Wadmalaw Sound and a gorgeous Lowcountry setting that serves as inspiration for her iconic marsh paintings.
“My workstation is ‘Todd Reifers’ Signature Workstation’ from Jerry’s Artarama,” Betty says. “I put a 15×30-inch sheet of glass on top to use as my palette.” She adds that she uses a converted closet with shelves for storage. Her studio also includes some Anglin family history: “The antique desk used to belong to my grandmother.”
Shannon Smith Hughes doesn’t have to go far to get to her newly renovated studio: It’s right upstairs in her home in Mount Pleasant.
“My home studio is my sanctuary,” Shannon says. “It is a custom-built room over the garage that has wonderful natural light, and it even includes a cozy art library nook and sleeping loft.”
“One of my favorite features is the shelf lining the walls to showcase my collection of still life objects,” she adds. “I can compose any arrangement under a controlled light source and paint still life truly from life!”