Vicki French Smith is an award-winning artist and faculty member at the Darien Arts Center in CT best known for her plein air landscapes and seascapes in watercolor, oil and monotypes.

Smith's paintings and prints have been featured in boutiques along the New Jersey Shore, libraries, private collections and various galleries. She appears in the PBS series "Landscape through Time," and at any given time her work can be seen at the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists (WALA), and by appointment in her studio in Darien. 

A graduate of Miami University, Smith has studied at the Yard School of Art, Ducret University, the Center for Visual Arts, and Silvermine School of Art. Since 1987, she has shared her techniques and skills through art classes for to children, high school students and adults in the region. Smith is active in her local art community; she served on the board of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, and was co-president of Fairfield Plein Aire Painters for 10 years. She is currently a member of the Connecticut-based Connecticut Women Artists and Rowayton Arts Center, as well as the Florida-based Naples Art Association and Centers for The Arts of Bonita Springs.

Her latest studies have been sited in areas to which she travels including throughout Italy, Spain and France. Says the artist, "painting has opened a new world to me. I see things through new eyes. Creating artwork lets me relive the experiences of my travels through recreating, reinterpreting, and reinventing the places I love! My hope is to pass these rewards of inspiration on to others."

Her work can be seen at the WALA (Wilson Avenue Loft Artists) and at her studio in Darien, CT.