“I am exploring the thickly saturated narratives and under-narratives of the psyche. The climate of internal place is magnified through the layering of unexpected images, emotional impact of color and the stillness of ordinary objects. My current body of work frequently takes on a playful and hallucinatory quality, testing both the boundaries we choose and those we don't. I find inspiration amongst daydreams, nightmares, family photographs, still life and personal mythologies.”

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Central Massachusetts, Lauren D. Smith, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS is a Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Psychotherapist and Certified Child Life Specialist. Lauren holds an M.P.S. in Creative Arts Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and an undergraduate degree in Literature and Fine Art from Skidmore College.

Lauren is the Senior Creative Arts Therapy Coordinator and Child Life Specialist for the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Lauren is also a member of the faculty in the Creative Arts Therapy graduate department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  Previously, Lauren served as core organizer and Director of Community Projects for the all-volunteer-run organization, Arts in Bushwick, producing the annual event Bushwick Open Studios, the largest open studios arts & culture festival in the United States. 

Lauren paints, writes, lives and works in New York City.