Stopping to Reflect, © Jed Smith watercolor

“Stopping to Reflect” — Watercolor © Jed Smith, NWS 2021

Welcome to the gallery of paintings by Jed Smith, including oils and watercolors, depicting life in Italy and Greece. Jed is a distinguished Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and has been the recipient of number awards. All paintings are protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced without the artist’s consent.


The Caretaker

The Caretaker is a painting of patience and caring. I love the perspective of capturing this shepherd and his flock through a chainlink fence. [...]


Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes may just be my personal favorite when it comes to my watercolors. I will never forget the vibrance of this Greek woman's [...]


Midnight Passing

Midnight Passing is a painting that captures the eerie lights of a water taxi cruising along the Grand Canal in Venice. Oil on canvas. [...]


At Rest

At Rest is a watercolor of just one of many inspiring boat scenes in the Port of Oneglia, Imperia, Liguria. I'm just beginning to [...]


Biding Time

Biding Time is a watercolor of an Italian man, sitting and pondering "whatever" at an arcade where other men are immersed in a serious [...]


Ca’ Rezzonico

This is a recently completed large-scale oil painting on canvas (41"x37") and is second in my planned series of "Venice at Night." I'm endlessly [...]



"Bella" is a longtime favorite of mine. This large watercolor pays tribute to a lovely woman who graciously allowed me to capture a few [...]



This large canvas transports me back to one of my favorite places on earth, the Greek island of Folegandros. This scene captures a scene [...]


Present Tense

I study faces. And when I capture a face so full of presence and lacking a barrier to being seen, I'm particularly inspired. This [...]


The Errand

In the blazing midday heat, a Greek woman heads home after retrieving a handful of basil for the noon meal. Private Collection. Watercolor. © [...]


The Blue Door

A magnificently weathered face on the island of Naxos, Greece speaks volumes to a life full of experience and hardship. Private Collection. Watercolor. © [...]


Homemade Wine

This painting captures a man patiently camped out selling his homemade wine in a small alleyway in the picturesque village of Oia in Santorini, Greece. [...]


In the Street

Life in Italy spills out into the streets when the warm weather settles in—especially after a long winter of being shuttered up inside. This [...]


A Study in Blue

This award-winning painting (Gold Medal at The 1999 Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition) was inspired by daily life on the island of Burano near [...]


Sweeping Out

I love capturing the beauty of everyday Italian life and the meditation that can accompany the most ordinary of tasks.  See the blog post, [...]