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: I heard you once painted a golf course landscape before it was even built. How did you do that? JS: I was approached by Tom Lehman, a British Open champion golfer, who was designing a golf course in the Sand Hills region of Nebraska (now The Prairie Club in Valentine, Neb.). He had seen my art and asked me to come to the site. He wanted me to paint how the golf course would look so he could visualize his idea for building it. So I took a lot of photos, and as I painted we went back and forth and he would suggest where to place the course. So I painted the golf course in to fit naturally with the landscape.
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Smith lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is available for new original commissioned work. He also offers reprints of his oil paintings. For more information, visit his website.