Lois Llewellyn

Lois Llewellyn

San Francisco based artist, Lois Llewellyn, 88, died on the 23rd of February following complications of a stroke. A painter, sculptor, visual artist, and photographer, she remained active until recent years in the art scene across the city participating in open studio events with occasional small gallery showings.  Her work began to appear locally following her move to the city in 1968. She was a founding member of Project Artaud in the Mission. 


A lifelong interest in painting and art led to formal training through the Art Students League in New York City in the middle 1960's. Her focus was on abstract expressionism. She counted Hochney, DeKooning, and Pollack as major influences.


Ms. Llewellyn was the last of six children born to Agnes Clark and William Llewellyn in Tacoma, Washington on October 2, 1925. After high school, she moved to the Bay Area and worked as a welder in the Richmond shipyards during the Second World War. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she received her master's degree in social work from UCLA in 1962. As a social worker, she met her husband, Weldon H. "Bud" Smith, a parole officer at the time and later Deputy Chief of Corrections for the State of California. She was divorced in 1971.


Ms. Llewellyn was an ardent feminist. As a clinical social worker and Gestalt therapist she led women's groups throughout the late sixties and seventies out of her home at 23 Hoffman St.  She never remarried. She is survived by her dear companion, Steven Schienberg, and her sons, Mark Llewellyn Smith, 60, and Daniel Owen Smith Southern, 58. Her grandchildren include Alosha Llewellyn Southern, 19, Owen Smith, 17, Tyus Llewellyn Southern, 16, and Jackson Smith 13. Condolences may be forwarded to sagmdsouth@aol.com


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 15, 2014