Lochlin Smith was born in Greenwich Connecticut. His father and mother were talented portrait and visual artists. Early in life, Lochlin realized that artistic expression and hand work were in his blood, and that 9-5 jobs were not. He attended a NYC college focusing on abstract painting.
In 1972, he left the intensity of the city and moved to Vermont. He set up a studio in an old barn and began sculpting and painting. After a few years, he found himself designing jewelry. He twisted, torched, pounded, and shaped bronze rods and sheets into unusual, one-of-a-kind earrings, bracelets, pins, and neckpieces.