Luba Smith – Administration,
Art, Education and Mindfulness Practice

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Luba Smith

Artist in Residence, Reiki Master, and Children’s Coordinator 


If you hear a voice inside saying, “You are not a Painter”, then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.                                                                             – Vincent Van Gogh


Luba has been creating for as long as she can remember.  As a child she enjoyed sewing, ceramics, crocheting and knitting.  She has wonderful memories of taking these creative classes at the Girls’ Club in Wilmington.  Creativity became a way of expressing herself and consequently became a big part of her life.

Later in life she applied her creative skills in the kitchen.  To this day (and much to her husband’s dismay) she never follows a recipe exactly.  She reads the recipe and then does it her way.

Luba developed a passion for rubber stamping and continues to indulge in a variety of paper crafts.  She is well known for her hand-made cards, invitations and bookmarks.  Drawing and painting were not a part of her life – not yet anyway.

She admired many artists, but always felt that drawing and painting were beyond her skills.  Suddenly Van Gogh’s adage had meaning to her.  That day was December 9, 2007.  She began with self-study through the local library and the internet.  Every few days she went to the library to check out more art books from all over the county and a few from beyond.  Soon her centrally located dining room evolved into an art studio.  As a tribute, she later painted the Rachel Kohl Library and named it “Great Beginnings,” a copy of which is on permanent display at the library.

In February 2009, she enrolled in classes with Karl Kuerner, a leading Brandywine artist who studied under Caroline and Andy Wyeth.  On her first day of class, only one other student was there because of a heavy snow storm.  Karl offered to dismiss the class early, but Luba immediately declined because she had “waited so long” to start class.  She hasn’t looked back and has been painting nonstop since that day!

Luba primarily works in acrylic and enjoys landscapes, particularly with architecture and also portrait paintings.  On her easel, you will find this quote by Van Gogh, “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”  This quote encourages her to always reach for the next level in painting.  Luba has paintings on display at InnerSource Wellness Center and participates in local shows and festivals.

After spending 15 years in software development, Luba now provides technical support in an elementary school.  She lives in Garnet Valley with her husband and boys.  She paints nearly every day.


Inspiration Corner

  • When our only reality becomes emerged within an “exaggerated importance “of material wealth we feel a certain lack and so, we desire more and more to fill this void.  In truth the material riches of this illusive reality we have created cannot fulfill a spirit robbed of the unseen treasures that are life’s true gifts.  May Peace, Light and Love surround you and yours always, D

  • Sometimes it is our fear and need to know the outcome that keeps us from stepping outside of our comfort zone and grabbing hold of the opportunities that offer us the greatest potential for growth.

  • The cycle of life begins with the innocence of pure acceptance, becomes entangled within the insecurity of doubt only to rise from the mire blossoming into the radiance of knowing and wisdom.

  • Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.

    Saint Francis de Sales

  • Listen, for within the whisper of the wind and the soft rustling from the leaves of the trees lie the wisdom of long forgotten truths.

  • Listen, for within the whisper of the wind and the soft rustling from the leaves of the trees lie the wisdom of long forgotten truths.

  • Life offers us many opportunities.  However, to truly experience the potential we must first be willing to choose and embrace the possibilities.

  • The color of one’s skin and the beliefs they hold are simply the cloak one wears and the staff they carry as they travel life’s journey.  What connects us all like family is not found in the outside appearance but rather in the light from within, which is the brilliancy of our individual Beings.

  • How often have you asked, and then when the very thing you have desired is offered you hesitate to grab it?  Perhaps the time has come for you to recognize the abundance that is within your grasp.

  • It is important that you take responsibility for your life.  After all, it is you who created your experiences.

  • Be happy, be healthy and be whole, for your tomorrows are created by the choices you make today.

  • Learn from the past, hope for the future, but always live in the now.

  • The only real obstacle in your life is the one you believe you cannot overcome.


  • Learning to love unconditionally is the key that will unlock the door to understanding your true life’s purpose.

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