An American painter and part of the Charleston, South Carolina Renaissance, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith was highly-regarded for her abilities with watercolors, from which she painted in light, sometimes nearly translucent hues.
Smith painted a great deal from memory. She favored both natural scenes and people and addressed each subject with her characteristic nostalgia. In the eyes of Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, the South was a romantic place and was always presented with this first and foremost in mind.
She studied at the Carolina Art Association but, by and large, she was a primarily self-educated artist. She developed a significant interest in Japanese Wood Block prints and this would become an influence on her work throughout her career. She was also known to be a good friend of Lovell Birge Harrison-an American painter associated with Woodstock-and he became what many consider to be the most prominent influence in her artistic development.
She is considered one of the most important of the Charleston Renaissance painters as well as one of the most prominent Southern painters. She was particularly fond of painting the Carolina low country, enamored of the marshes, wildlife and the ubiquitous, moss-embraced ancient trees that define the landscape.