Gregory Smith

An Actor and Artist, and former Programmer, I have a website, ArtistryGregory.com to promote my Artistry and Acting. On most social platforms, I can be found as ArtistryGregory, I am retired but not…really. Please visit: ArtistryGregory.com – I am both Artist and Actor
ARTIST: Wanted to become a working artist early in life. Started with my first successful painting “The Waterfall” which won 1975 Sacramento Festival of the Arts Purchase Award. But that was short lived and I went on to other careers. Wasn’t until 2015 that my amazing wife, Shaleen encouraged me to enter the D23 (Disney) Expo 2015 Design Challenge where I was selected as one of 23 artists to show my artwork of the Disneyland Castle. My art has been shown locally including KVIE Art Auction 2019 (see top right) painting, a $500 bell ringer. Our iconic Tower Bridge is one of my favorite subjects to paint. Carol’s Restaurant has two of my paintings on display.
ACTOR: With over 40 stage productions and two Elly Awards for my acting and a member of the Big Idea Theatre group. Also a film actor including a feature film “Redemption Value” on Amazon Prime and Tubi and “A Place Called Sacramento” film shorts on YouTube.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I have an amazing wife, Shaleen. She is my everything and she makes my life fun. Have three grown kids, Summer, Jeremy and Kevin, “love ya guys”!.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
Current Artist/Actor, Past careers: Carpenter/Plumber, Computer Instructor (ITT Tech) and Programmer. Love the response from art lovers to my artistry.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Vince’s Ristorante, Raku Sushi, Carol’s Restaurant and Cornerstone Cafe

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
12 happy years

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Wade and Ashley Lucas both are fellow actors. Great people. She volunteers at Fire Dept and he is a DJ/drummer in a band.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Disneyland because it is the Happiest Place on Earth. We love Disney.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Star Wars. Claim to fame. I went on Opening day in New York, based on poster I saw. No line and stayed to watch it a second time.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Dream a dream and then live it. Never stop.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Visit Italy to see Michelangelo’s David statue. BTW: My paintings all have a hidden David torso in each.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Steely Dan and The Beatles

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Originally named the Hideaway Cafe, the Club Pheasant. My parent drove from our Rancho Cordova home along Folsom Blvd (highway 50 didn’t exist then) to go out to dinner. Way out in nowhere. Fond memory.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Steve Martin, witty, talented and a magician (me too). Take him to our iconic Club Pheasant.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Quiet, friendly and beautiful. Smartest thing we did moving here.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Alive and kicking. Hopefully a bit more well known as an artist/actor or both.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I have a feature film “Redemption Value” on Amazon Prime and Tubi. Certified Advanced Scuba Diver. Use to perform Magic Shows

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Disneyland which is also the “Happiest of Place on Earth”

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
May, Christmas and our Anniversary

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
god

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My amazing wife, Shaleen. I am so blessed.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
campfire and ocean…oh my art studio

Q: What is one business you would like to have in West Sacramento? (which we don’t have one already)
Stage Theater

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Safe Harbor, my Art studio and “There’s no place like Home”