Charles G. Smith is particularly interested in representative, plein air painting because “being there” gives him his best chance of getting accurate light and color effects in scenes that catch his attention. Painting plein air also means the paintings are small format and are completed in a single setting. Smith tries to paint-out several times a week, year round. While he was trained and has a career in Louisiana as a consulting geologist, art has always been a keen interest. He began plein-air painting in 2000, taking workshops at Scottsdale Artists’ School and Friedricksburg Artists’ School from Matt Smith and John Budicin. Most of his subjects are rural scenes, close to home in Baton Rouge.