Chuck Smart

Life and Death

Life and Death

Life and Death
Mixed Media
48" x 48"

February 10, 1941 - December 29, 2008

It is with much sadness that we inform you that our dear friend, artist and musician Chuck Smart has passed on. He passed peacefully with is wife Dawn and his brother Sydney at his side.

He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a short time with various procedures, he made the decision to stop all treatments. He entered hospice care on the Wednesday before Christmas. He was comfortable, received good care and Dawn was at his side day and night.

He was an amazing light and a creative spirit who always thought "outside the box," continually pushing beyond the artistic norms of the time. He was known as an innovator and an improviser, who highly valued collaboration with artistic peers and comrades across all disciplines. He was both a teacher and an ongoing student of music, art and life. Until his final breath, he never strayed from that path. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched.

On a happier, but somewhat bittersweet note, we were notified on the same day that Chuck entered hospice that his piece entitled "Life and Death" (shown above) has been accepted for the 2009 CVG Show that will take place in February at Collective Visions Gallery ( in downtown Bremerton, Washington. It is one of 131 pieces that were selected for inclusion in the show from a total of 843 pieces submitted by artists from across the state.

As many of you may remember, Chuck won Best in Show at the inaugural CVG Show in 2008.

Please feel free to peruse this site to view a representative portion of his body of work and visit his biography at His work remains available for sale. Please inquire to


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