Ralston Fox Smith grew up in New Hampshire and attended Amherst College where he earned a B.F.A. He continued his studies at the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture studying under “Los Four” artist Frank Romero, contemporary abstract artist Laddie John Dill, and Beat Generation artists George Herms. Their collaborative teaching fueled Fox’s passion for oil painting and its direct expression of self and surroundings. He is inspired by nature, his wife, two children and large dog and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.