Dolores Jimenez-Smith inherited her gifts from an artistic family pool. Her late father, Angel Jimenez, an animator for Hanna Barbara was also credited for an Academy Award as part of a team of animators for The Ten Commandments. Her mother, Eleanor Clare Jimenez, an actress on the original Hollywood Squares, gave up acting to pursue the greatest role in her life: motherhood. Dolores did not play with dolls as a child, she headed to her parents shop and created displays instead. Clare recognized her nine year old's ability and took her to the L.A. Gift Shows to buy with full executive authority. After graduating high school, Dolores got an idea after thumbing through Vogue and seeing an ad for Lina Lee in Beverly Hills. Dolores began displaying tables and became the highest grossing sales person, thus securing her high fashion retail and accessory buying expertise. Dolores enjoyed riding her horses and entertaining as a harpist at the ranch her parents designed and built in Malibu across the street from Zuma beach. She was known on the coast as "the Malibu connection" for packing her car to capacity with Lina Lee's prete a porter for Malibu's movie stars and elite. Lina Lee asked her to open stores in South Coast Plaza, California and Dallas, Texas before assigning her as a personal shopper for Lina Lee at the Trump Tower s in New York City in 1980.
Eric Alan Smith was gifted with musical talent throughout his teen years before he discovered his passion for photography while in high school yearbook production where the majority of photographs used were his. Eric enrolled in a Fine Arts and Photography program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California and emerged with a certificate of Commercial Photography. He opened his Santa Ana studio in 1985. Eric was on assignment when he met Dolores on a red-eye flight in route to NYC, and they eventually married in 1988. They opened Olde & Nouveau, a high-end gift shop in Brentwood, California just as Dolores' parents put the Malibu ranch on the market to open Quarter Horse Antiques in Arizona.
Company History: The Smiths transplant their artistic roots in Arizona!
Renderings was established in 1992 as a wholesale outlet for their artwork in Wickenburg, Arizona..."The West's Most Western Town!" Dolores learned the art of decoupage from her sister Marina and mastered it before garnering accounts from Guess, Inc, Nordstroms, The Gene Autry Museum, and picked up by Walker, Texas Ranger for set props. Eric built a studio/workshop on the Quarter Horse property to create hand-carved occasional furniture, cigar-store Indians and cowboys. He showcased his photography in a local gallery and received a grant from the state endowment for the arts. Eric's talent attracted the Arizona Republic newspaper, and honor of inclusion as Cowboys & Indians' Top 100 Western Artists for his carved furniture. By 1997, Renderings returned to its retail roots as Dolores transformed western fashion by being the first
to bring original, one-of-a-kind fashion and furnishings to her store and the area. Renderings' clothing, jewelry, art and furniture inspired clients and visitors. This continued success inspired a new name to reflect who they are: Smith, and what they're all about: Western!" Renderings allowed Smith and Western to take reign in 2008! Eric and Dolores worked after hours as photographers and web designers. They photographed Arizona's natural beauty, Wickenburg's town heritage and used local models to bring you their latest labor of love... SmithAndWestern.net.
In 2016, Smith and Western moved its retail store to Cave Creek, Arizona. It is about 60 miles North of Wickenburg and at the most western edge of Scottsdale. This town is full of old west history and is very artsy! Eric and Dolores are in a place that truly compliments them.
Smith and Western Online or the new Smith and Western store will leave you with a smile and a fun feeling whether you spend one dollar or one thousand dollars.
Thank you all very, very much! Eric and Dolores