Doug Smith combines the exuberance of moderism and the arresting intimacy of the realistically familiar. Traditional farmhouses and weathered barns punctuate his vast planes of color, line and texture. The compositions evoke enduring themes of the American West:
Boundless optimism and wistful nostalgia; nature's randomness and man's ordered domesticity. They suggest both the endless agrarian mosaics and the archetypical homesteads that appear mostly in memory.