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Born in Montana, Averi’s early love for art began with days spent drawing with her grandfather.
Her great grandmother and namesake, Iris, also loved the art and icons of the west, with Native American art adorning her home. Averi's love for the play of colors, shapes, and textures soon became a passion for self-expression. As drawing turned to painting and evolved in style and technique, her work developed into true art. Averi sold her first piece at the age of 10.
Today, Averi's artistic presence continues to grow. Regularly the youngest artist at auctions, fairs, and events, Averi's art constantly evolves, as she does. Each painting is a fresh start for her curiosity and creativity — with endless possibilities at her literal fingertips, Averi prefers to fearlessly explore inspiration and experience rather than narrow herself to a niche.
With a curiosity and wisdom much older than her years, Averi intuitively recognizes that the world is full of new experiences, and new ways to connect to what's around us while learning more about ourselves. This open-hearted philosophy forms the basis of her inspiration — letting herself be captivated by what she loves and staying open to the beautiful possibilities of life.
"I’ve always wanted to try everything. When I do something, I go all-in — from sports to art. I love it — meeting new people, painting new things, exploring new places, competing in multiple sports."
Averi’s Artistic Journey
Averi’s exceptional artistic abilities come to light at her 10th birthday party. The same year, she sells her first painting
Averi is the poster winner at Monforton School Art Fair
Averi’s first commission piece, “Genjo, “provides the opportunity to try larger canvases and experiment with bold colors
After the loss of her cousin, Averi creates the painting "True Colors" and sells it at auction, with proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Sweet Pea Festival of Arts Poster winner
Averi's work is hung at Bozeman International Aiport
Averi’s art is featured at Sage Lodge in Pray, MT
Learning of the tragic death of Mona Lisa Two Eagle, of the Rosebud Sioux, Averi creates a painting to raise awareness and money to benefit Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW USA), raising $5,000
Averi donates her painting “Dawn’s Early Light” to Big Sky Bravery, her largest donation to date
Raising funds and awareness through the arts
Averi works hard to create beauty not only in the visuals of her paintings, but also in their tangible impact for causes she cares about.
In 2020, Averi's cousin died from suicide. To process the grief of the tragedy, she turned to art, creating an original piece titled "True Colors," featuring a family of bison that represented her cousin and his family. Averi decided to auction off the painting she made, donating the proceeds to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — $1,250 in total. The catharsis and lasting impact of this inspired Averi to make giving back a dedicated part of her work as an artist.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Averi Smith, a three-sport athlete at Gallatin, growing in young career as an artist
'True Colors:' Bozeman teenager paints to raise money for mental health during pandemic