Louise comes to botanical art with a life-long love of plants nurtured during childhood botanizing forays in the high Sierras. She believes that art functions as a non-verbal language that translates something of the artist's interior world and it is this that allows communication across culture, subject matter, and through time.
Smith received a B.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She practiced in that field for ten years, before studying scientific illustration at California College of Arts and Crafts, and with Phyllis Wood at the University of Washington.
Clients include Kew Magazine, Simon and Schuster, Horticulture Magazine, Taunton Press, Magazine Group of Meredith Corporation, the U.S. Forest Service, the Washington Native Plant Society and Rodale Press.
She is represented in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation collection and other institutional, corporate, and private collections. She has been invited to contribute to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Florilegium Society as well as the Filoli Florilegium. Examples of Louise’s work are included in the book Today’s Botanical Artists published in 2008. She exhibits throughout the United States and Canada and is represented locally by Fine Impressions and Kaewyn Galleries.
Louise is the founding President of the Northwest Botanical Artists, a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
- Best Color Award, XVI International Botanical Congress, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and American Society of Botanical Artists, International Exhibit
- The Gregory Daniels/Artists Mercantile award, New York Horticultural Society and ASBA annual exhibit
- First runner up, The Beauty of Botany, International ASBA Exhibit, Seattle, Washington.
- First and Second Place Awards, The NW Orchid Society Exhibits
- Third Place Award, Eastern Orchid Congress Exhibit