Art speaks - Art defines - Art creates reality
My name is Eve Smith.  I'm a full time artist specialising in portraits and wildlife art, and the founder/owner of Aartvark. 

I've been creative for as long as I can remember.  As a small child I was always drawing animals, and from my vivid imagination.  Every Christmas brought a new paint-by-numbers set; by 10 years of age I found the included printed canvases too restrictive and began blending the paints into each other to avoid hard-edged blobs of colour that looked and felt unnatural.  By 12 years of age those pre-fab kit canvases had been discarded in favour of designing my own original artwork, and I had my first successful commission at age 14.  

Art training was received in the world-reknowned Classical Animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Figure Drawing classes with live human models taught me to capture people, life and movement using techniques that I still employ today, and painting classes developed skills discovered years before.  The result was a long, delightful career working as a Character Animator with a sideline of Fine Art.  I left animation in 2010; since 2012 I've been teaching Figure Drawing, Character Design, Illustration and Illustration Techniques in the Art and Design Foundations program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  

Aartvark is a Canadian studio located in Hagersville, Ontario, a 30-minute drive south of the city of Hamilton.  

Custom Art & Portraits
Custom artwork and portraits for clients requires a commitment to producing art that not only looks good, but will last for many years to come.  I use professional grade mediums and substrates  to ensure that the artwork you commission or purchase is of the highest possible quality. Portrait prices are based on medium, size and number of subjects.  
For book art I use a combination of traditional and digital tools and techniques.  The process begins with understanding the story, the author's needs and desires and establishing a strong collaborative relationship with the writer.  Details of my work process are provided, along with design advice and regular progress updates throughout the project.  

Coming Up
Explore plans for artwork and events in 2021
Accepting portrait commissions for 2021
Art Lessons
Learn to draw and paint online - coming soon!

- Private or group lessons for beginners
- Suitable for all ages
- Painting/drawing parties
- Portfolio building

And more!
Want to know more?  You can contact me by this form
Contact Info

Email:  info@aartvark.ca

Call:  905-746-3647

43 Howard St.,
Hagersville, Ontario, Canada