The artist resides in Bristol, Florida, where he spends most of his time, following in the footsteps of ancient shell engravers. He explains “I feel as if it is in my blood; that I am destined to carry on the ways of my Muskogee Creek ancestors.” Shell carving is not something he does just part of the day; it is something that is with him in his dreams at night and the moment he wakes up. Grady says he has always had a love for shells. As a child he would tie a cord around a shell and wear it until it fell off. Sometimes they would be decorated with feathers and beads of bone. Concerning carving shell: “It’s a spiritual experience; it's fueled by love and powered by the greater good” Grady explains. Over the past decade Grady has accumulated numerous awards for his work and his carvings are sought after by collectors worldwide. While his greatest strength is ancient Southeastern American Indian iconography, he has a vast understanding of symbols and is highly adept at working with his medium. Grady rarely attends more than six shows each year, opting to focus his time and energy carving in his workshop. Many pieces of his work can be acquired from his internet store, however custom designs are eagerly welcomed and happily considered upon request. Each piece is unique due to the nature of the shell and the temperament of the artist.
Grady Smith is now the head of The Arts Committee at "Thinking Agenda" he will oversee the premiere of our Butterfly Boutique, to debut in late November 2018. he is known and respected throughout the USA as one of the finest carvers and artists, we are so honored and humbled he has taken this position to help pivot our company to provide a venue to raise awareness on cults and undue influence.
Grady is happily married to Yvette Smith, an artist in her own right, an amazing woman and philanthropist. Yvette Smith will be featured as she is working on her bio. Yvette Smith is the Co-Founder and she is working hard to make our Butterfly Boutique debut a huge success. Please visit his Ebay shop and Facebook page.
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