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About the Artist: Rita Heape Smith

Artist Biography

Rita is a proud Greenville native, born and raised. After college, she taught math in both Columbia and Greenville. It was not until after Rita retired from teaching that she took up oil painting. What a blessing this new, creative adventure has been for this former math teacher! Who knew?!

It all started with Rita’s love of photography, composition, and color. She typically paints from her own photographs or from ones supplied to her by those hoping to preserve very special memories. Rita’s subjects vary from landscapes, seascapes, and florals to more rustic subjects like barns, covered bridges, and tractors.

Rita also enjoys golf, bike riding, and traveling. She and her husband, Dwight, have two daughters, Faris and Bren, and delight in their five granddaughters and two grandsons. “We are living the dream!”