Landscapes to a Tee: The Art of Golf Course Landscapes
Joshua C. F. Smith is in the rarefied field of golf landscape artists. As part of National Golf Month in August, we caught up with him for a behind-the-scenes look at how he captures the natural beauty of a golf course landscape in his paintings.
GD: How did you get started painting golf courses? JS: I always loved to draw when I was growing up. But it wasn’t until I was 25 years old that I took up oil painting. I saw an oil painting in the Phoenix airport with really rich colors and texture, and I thought it would be fun to start painting as a hobby. So I bought a starter set while I was there in Sedona.
And golf I have loved all my life. After I got my business degree in college and played on the golf team, I knew I didn’t want to sit in a cubicle. So I tried to design golf courses, but there was too much travel and it’s tough to be successful in that. So after talking to friends and respected colleagues, they suggested it would be better to take out my passion for golf in oil painting. Currently, I work as a golf course greenskeeper, and I paint in the evenings and on weekends.