R. Pierick Smith 

Artist Statement

Sports as a subject matter was how I started my current career. I knew I had to make money, so I figured popular imagery or subject matter would help.  I’m not ashamed, as an artist, to choose this as my subject matter; it reaches a wide demographic. The process and materials were born from my wish to make approachable art.

My creative process is the control that I enjoy while doing these. The subject matter is pretty loose and easy to digest, but technically I want to be perfect in my execution.


As an avocation, I was filling sketchbooks, notepads and boxes of loose copy paper with drawings since before I can remember. I graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts: Illustration and 2-D Concepts. As an occupation, I have only been creating art for a little over 2.5 years. I came back to art after 6 years of post-college corporate work. Best decision I ever made. I realize how lucky I am for being able to say I'm a sports artist.

Check my FAQ page or Product Information page for answers to some basic questions you might have on commissioning a piece, and thank you for your interest and support!! 


--R. Pierick Smith (Paintin' Manning)

The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false-progress
— Sydney J. Harris