J. Smithwell has taken joy in drawing and painting all of their life. Their work is primarily in oils. Their subjects have largely been plein air impressionist landscapes. The focus of their work is on a colorist approach to light. They were admitted directly to second year of Ontario College of Art and Design and have studied through courses there and Toronto School of Art, Halliburton School of Art, Avenue Road School of Art. J.Smithwell is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but also travels and paints in the United States and Mexico and wherever their travels may take them.