I’ve just been perusing Grant Smith’s paintings on his website (http://grant9smith.com). As the saying goes, I don’t know art but I know what I like. And I like these. It helps that a good portion of Smith’s work is devoted to baseball (see his Fine Prints section for a good representation of his work).
Again, I’m no art critic but even I can appreciate the way that Smith uses symbolism in his paintings. See his Rube Foster work entitled “We Can Dream” for an example of this. Smith uses a bit of dark humor in the selection of his titles. You’ll see what I mean.
Why the ‘9’ in his domain name? Smith addresses this on his ‘about’ page:
I made reference to the number 9 originally because of Ted Williams. As I grew older I sensed added meaning in the number, seeing it as the highest number before additional digits are added.