Jake Smith, Des Moines Member Since August 2010 Artist Statement As I sit in front of a blank canvas, paper or computer screen, I let my mind wonder letting images flow on to the paper or whatever I might be using. Most of my work includes charcoal; charcoal allows me the freedom an expressiveness I demand. Although I do not limit myself to one medium I use what is around me and do whatever it takes to get the effect that comes to me. My art would appeal to someone who enjoys thinking and deep emotions. My work has profound meanings to me every line is a feeling or idea I want to share. In a lot of my work I have strong scientific and spiritual inspirations, which may lead to a conflict showing our struggles as the human race.