We had the good fortune of connecting with Genevieve Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genevieve, how do you think about risk?
Calculated risk taking is important. I don’t want to look back and regret not taking certain chances. Being a mother of two young girls provides role model incentive. I want them to be brave and make authentic choices that are true to their character, therefore I try to lead by example. I’m not scared of failure and I believe this can be used as a powerful lesson, one that brings you wisdom and humility.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe one thing that sets me apart from other decorative painters is that, since I was child, I knew I would build my career around the arts. I’ve always been very focused and openly explored all mediums in the creative world. Learning at a young age that the skills learned in one craft can often be applied to another. This way of thinking really opened my mind to really thinking outside the norm of how to achieve a visual goal. You don’t need expensive supplies and often tools that are unrelated may be the source for the best success. I’ve never questioned my path so, in the beginning, when I experienced very lean, scrappy times I just kept marching on knowing that I was a hard worker and would always find a way to make ends meet.
I have also been traditionally trained in decorative painting so I take the principles of the traditional methods and modernize them, I have been invested in this craft for 25 plus years so I’ve watched it grow and change but I can still go back to my first days and bust out some old-school trompe l’oeil and faux. I view the art as my clients first, I want to be their muse to help them achieve their vision. It’s their home and investment and it should be something that brings them joy and reflects who they are.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m going to say it’s summer, that’s my favorite time in Denver. I would definitely go to Red Rocks, whether it’s for a hike or a concert. I find it one of the most beautiful, magical places.
One day we would walk the alleys of RINO to look at the murals and get a bite and a drink at one of the many great restaurants in that neighborhood, maybe Work and Class or Central Market. I would give them a tour of downtown Denver not to miss Larimer and Union Station, two of my favorite spots, hitting the farmers market then relaxing in the sun watching the kids play in the fountains. We could spend a day walking Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. If it’s a Sunday then we have to picnic at City Park for Jazz, one of the coolest gatherings in Denver packing sandwiches from my favorite deli Tessa Delicatessen.
While at city park we would sit make a point to take in the beauty of the mountain/cloud backdrop that makes Denver one of the most beautiful cities I know.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my parents for always supporting my artistic endeavors and never yelling at me when I decided to color the walls. All my art teachers, I took art classes of all kinds from the time I was four. I feel that being comfortable with so many different mediums has made me an excellent problem solver in my career. Of course, my husband, for supporting me and helping me through the hardships of starting a business and being self employed.
My personal photo should credit Eleanor Williamson/Be Boulder Photography