Patrick with completed coffee shop mural
23k gold leaf on glass
23k gold leaf on glass
Digital print on window
1 columbia-vintage-fire-engine-vehicle-graphic
Hand lettered on 4-by-10-ft. overlaid plywood panel
Hand painted award
Patrick’s hand lettered accordion case
Gold leaf and enamel on glass
TheFrontPorch SignPicture Installed
Sketch for Bodhi Leaf Orange
Sandblasted sign with 23k gold leaf lettering
Patrick’s “piano room” is also home to several hand-lettered showcards and signs.
Gold leaf and enamel on glass
Hand lettered window
Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith of Orange, California

By signcraft

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

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Patrick Smith was first featured in SignCraft in January/February 1985, at the dawn of the computer age. Patrick went on to use the computer in his work but kept his brush skills up, later working as a sign painter and showcard artist at Disneyland. Now 69, he found a new market for his hand painting and lettering skills—and the computer has helped him market P.G. Smith Design.

When I left Disneyland in 2007 I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. During the seven years I was there, I never did side jobs because I lettered every day and they paid me well. About a year later I contacted some of my old clients and started looking for new ones. I got a few jobs but it was a tough time.

In 2011 I decided to join the Chamber of Commerce. There I met a web designer who wanted to help me design my website, which is still my current site. I also started advertising in a local paper, The Old Towne Orange Plaza Review. The editor did a piece on me, and it went online.

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