Joanna Smith, Bradenton, FL Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement I was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. It was while in high school that I first realized that art was a way for me to express myself. I took every art class I could fit into my schedule. In 1990, I moved to Tallahassee, FL to attend Florida State University. I majored in Art Education. In 1993, my husband took a position in Venice, FL. So we moved to Venice and I completed my degree at the University of South Florida in 1994. I have been teaching Art for 10 years. I love it! Teaching and practicing art are the most fullfilling experiences of my life. Not very many people get to do something they love and pass on that passion to someone else. Recently I decided to share my work with others. It has been a huge decision for me to put myself out there. I believe it is important for an artist to grow in order to be successfull. I believe showing my art is the next step in my journey as an artist.