We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Lee Smith Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Richard Lee, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I’m reading for the second time now. The Sophia Code by Kaia Ra. This book is so powerful and life changing that I started it again. It’s a channeled book from seven ascended masters. It’s basically a modern mystery school, each ascended master walks you through initiations that are integrated Into your daily life. I’ve changed so much since reading it that I’m moving to Taos New Mexico to be closer to nature and the art scene there.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’d say my art is a reflection of my personal growth, as everything is a reflection. And that it’s important to be honest with yourself and make the art you want to make. Not the art you think others want to buy ect… Follow your dreams no matter what. Make the art you want to make, no matter what. Make growing as a artist/person your main goal.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Topanga of course! The vibe here is unlike any where else in LA. Topanga beach and Malibu for sure. Nobu or Bui in Malibu for sushi. If Jeffrey Deitch gallery was having an opening that’s where we would be.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yeah! The community and family of Topanga Canyon. I’ve learned so much about myself and community while living here 17 plus years.

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Domino Farris

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