During an interview in 1982, Smith said, "I try to be honest in painting the West. I'm painting my emotional response to it. I try to simplify it and get down to the real essence of it."
Smith's approach earned him a Prix de West Purchase Award the following year when the Museum purchased Church Façade, Plaza del Oriente, for its permanent collection in 1983.
Born in Canton, Ohio, in 1924, and educated at the University of Miami-Ohio, Ellsworth worked many years as a commercial illustrator, but was well known as a Western landscape watercolorist
Art collectors, including former Texas governor John Connally and oilman T. Boone Pickens, have also purchased his paintings.
28 x 22 inches