Original Rita Smith Watercolor. Lowcountry lagoon early morning with spanish moss and snowy egret. Signed by the artist lower left. Professionally framed and double matted in oval gilt wood frame. In frame measures 17"x14"x1". Weight is 2 pds 2 oz. PROVENANCE: A Charleston SC Private Estate. Rita Morse Smith is an internationally known self taught realistic artist whose sensitive, romantic watercolors, acrylics and oils hang in private and corporate collections across the nation and abroad. long time resident of Columbia, South Carolina, she fell in love with the low country of the state spending summers in Hilton Head, Pawleys, Keowa and Edisto Islands and storing memories of the countryside and beaches, sunrises, sunsets and misty marshes. Rita started drawing and painting at the age of seven and never stopped. She married early and painted for her own pleasure while raising two daughters and in 1970 began painting professionally. She became very active in the city artist guilds and in 1990, she opened her own art gallery at the Richland Mall and for a short time had a gallery in Charleston as well. She has exhibited in many one, two and three artist shows and her award winning paintings have been on magazine covers. Ducks Unlimited in Myrtle Beach has auctioned her duck prints many times. She was voted “Artist of the Year” by the Boys Club of America in 1995, and has received many “First Place” and “Best of Show” awards.