Beau Smith

Beau chose to be an artist early in life. When he was fourteen, he had his first show. It was a group show with his grandmother, an exceptional watercolorist, and his father, a metal sculptor. Beau went to The Rhode Island School of Design and majored in film animation and illustration. Before graduation, he participated in a group show at the Woods-Gerry gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. There he showed work from his animated film, Threshold, which went on to be shown among other animations in a traveling film exhibition.

He moved back down to Charleston and apprenticed with his father. Together, they built several large, human-size copper frogs and participated in many group shows. It was in Charleston where he met the woman who would become his wife. Beau and his wife moved to Atlanta, GA, where she built a psychology practice and he did art, along with other odd jobs. Eventually he turned to frogs and sculpted full-time. Beau has been fortunate to have had several Spring exhibitions at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens and has now sculpted large copper frogs full-time for the past 16 years.

His frogs, which are perfect indoors or out, have a beautiful patina which becomes enriched as they weather. They are very friendly creatures, many of them sipping wine, strumming on banjoes, or playing the fiddle. You name it and Beau will make it.