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Kirkland Smith is a representational painter who began creating Assemblages of post-consumer materials as an evocative way to drive home the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. After receiving her BA in Studio Arts at USC, Smith began a part-time career as a portrait artist while staying home to raise four children. Several years ago, she had an opportunity to study classical painting and drawing at Studio Escalier in France. It wasn’t until she returned home that she