Patricia Aranka Smith is an artist, writer, former newspaper columnist and restaurant critic. She is the co-author of two star Michelin Chef Josiah Citrin’s first cookbook “In Pursuit of Excellence”. A believer that necessity breeds reinvention, Smith can often be found landing on the lap of opportunity (and occasionally luxury) or painting and writing her way into life and out of extraordinary circumstances. You can view her artwork at http://patriciasmithfineart.com or follow her on Twitter as @nonconfromist. And yes, it’s spelled like that.