Howard C. Smith

Arlington Designer Unveils First Watercolor Collection; Features Brushstroke Innovation
House of Steep Hosts Art Show by Longtime Arlington Resident, Howard C. Smith
Arlington, VA – Arlington resident, graphic designer and businessman Howard C. Smith unveiled his first collection of watercolor paintings at House of Steep on Lee Highway this month.
His “Over Kansas” series represents three years of work by the artist. The show is an exploration in color and space, and includes abstracts inspired by the photo, along with a series of still lifes.
“This series of watercolors began with a photo I shot while flying over Kansas,” said the artist. “The organic lines on the ground reminded me of the curved lines on topographic maps used to represent elevation change, streams and the edge of land masses.”
“This collection showcases a painting technique I developed after years of experimentation,” he explained. “Often artists emphasize the brushstrokes, but my goal was to make the brushwork seem to disappear.”
“After 35 years as a graphic designer and 15 years as a painter, I am excited to publicly share my work for the first time,” said Smith, who is also a principal at Beth Signer Design, an Arlington graphic design and communications firm ( His clients have included Marriott, Fannie Mae, Loudoun County Public Schools, National Association of Realtors and American Red Cross.
In addition to the exhibit, Smith and House of Steep will host a watercolor workshop on DATE for anyone interested in learning more about Smith’s techniques and in pursuing their own art.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to display these pieces from a local Arlington artist,” said XXX from House of Steep. “Smith’s pieces enhance our tranquil space and we are happy to be able to share it with the public.”
The show opened in January and will be on display through March 31st at House of Steep, 3800 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207 ( The pieces are available for sale, including archival Giclée prints and originals, $250-$3,250.