Smadar2Smadar Meiri has been painting and drawing for 42 years since taking art lessons as a teenager in Windsor, Ontario, where she spent her formative years.

Beginning with a municipal arts program at the Hiram Walker Willistead Manor, in 1971, then later through high school courses in the visual arts, and teaching fine arts to children at camps, Smadar became captivated by creating art through the mediums of pencil, ink, watercolour, oil and ceramics. Smadar studied fine arts and art history at the University of Windsor from 1979 to 1981, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981.

After moving to Toronto, Smadar worked as Program Coordinator for the Ontario Arts Council from 1984 to 1986, for the Experience Grants Program which created 100 project sites that were implemented throughout Ontario. Smadar met renown Canadian artists, filmmakers, arts administrators, and visited all Ontario public art galleries and theatres under the grants program.

From 1987-1990, Smadar worked in administrative positions for various Ontario Government Ministries. In 1993, Smadar earned a diploma in Apparel Design at Ryerson Polytechnical University. In 1994, she earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. She currently resides in Thornhill, Ontario and works as an educator for the York Region District School Board.