Roseanne Belletti Smith is a native Californian. She was born in Redding to the son of Swiss Italian immigrants and a French Canadian mother. She grew up in the northern California coastal town of Santa Cruz which is known for its Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and abundance of sea life. As a child she spent many hours with her beloved aunt and uncle on the isolated beaches north of Santa Cruz. There she learned the wonders of nature by exploring tide pools, collecting seashells, chasing sea birds, whale watching, and observing elephant seals. Her father taught her the beauty of California’s lush pine and fir forests and their pristine streams where she played as a child. Her Swiss grandmother and Italian grandfather shared with her their gratefulness and respect for the land which rewards us with its bounty.
All of the above childhood experiences contributed to forming Ms. Smith’s awe and respect for the beauty of nature which is clearly evident in her photography. Her photographic style emphasizes the natural features of her subjects which are emphasized by striking compositions and use of color.
Ms. Smith lives in Richmond, California, with her husband of forty years who is a retired educator and restaurant owner. She was a teacher, principal, and administrator for the West Contra Costa Unified School District for over twenty years. She and her husband are avid travelers and bridge players. In her spare time Ms. Smith also enjoys spending time with her family, reading mysteries and gardening. She especially enjoys tending to her roses.
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