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|Known for his use of muted lighting and soft colors in his wildlife landscapes, Daniel Smith was the winner of the 1888/89 Federal Duck Stamp competition. In 1985, he created the first state of Alaska Duck Stamp titled "Emperor Geese".|
Joe McCaddin, "Duck Stamps and Prints"
|Biography from Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers VI:|
|A commercial illustrator by training, Daniel Smith enjoyed public
attention early on. In 1987, his portrayal of snow geese was selected
to appear on the federal U.S. duck stamp, an honor that established him
as one of the top sporting artists of his generation. He also was
commissioned by the National Geographic Society to contribute color
plates to its popular Field Guide to the Birds of North America.|
Minnesota native, who has lived in the outskirts of Bozeman, Montana,
for nearly two decades, moved to the American West to reside closer to
the wild places featured in his work. Smith’s meticulous field research
and insistence on directly observing the animals he paints is driven by
a personal penchant to achieve greater authenticity.
past decade, Daniel Smith’s paintings have become part of major public
and private collections and have been exhibited at such venues as the
National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming; the Autry National
Center of the American West in Los Angeles; the Eiteljorg Museum of
American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis; the Hiram Blauvelt
Art Museum in Oradell, New Hampshire; the Wildlife Experience in
Parker, Colorado; the Bennington, Vermont Center for the Arts; and the
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. In 2009
Smith received the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award for Still Water
Crossing at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West Art Show and Sale.
Smith is unique in his approach to painting,” says John Geraghty,
special advisor to the annual Masters of the American West Fine Art
Exhibition and Sale held at the Autry National Center of the American
West in Los Angeles. “When viewing his art, I am impressed by the
meticulous attention to detail, the purity of realism, and conspicuous
depth of knowledge in his subject matter.”
Masters of the West Show, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA.
|Biography from Trailside Galleries:|
|Daniel Smith is a wildlife artist who has designed thirty conservation
stamps including the 1988-1989 Federal Duck Stamp. The detail and
scientific accuracy of his work quickly brought him attention.
His talent caught the eyes of organizations such as the National
Geographic Society, who commissioned him to paint five color plates for
the Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and the prestigious
Birds in Art exhibition sponsored by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art
He is inspired by his surroundings in southwest Montana, and paints
from personal experience. He also enjoys traveling to Africa and
South America to research more exotic and tropical subjects.
Smith’s concerns, however, extend beyond his artwork. Environmental
issues have become increasingly significant to him, using his art to
endorse and aid many conservation efforts. Known for his use of
muted lighting and soft colors in his wildlife landscapes, Daniel Smith
was the winner of the 1888/89 Federal Duck Stamp competition.
Wildlife Art 2001, November – Difference for Wolves
Wildlife Art 2001, March – Master Critique
Wildlife Art 2000, June – What’s New
Wildlife Art 1998, June - Presentation
Wildlife Art 1996, October – Field Notes
McCaddin, Joe; Duck Stamps and Prints, Complete Federal &
State Editions, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; 1982 Bird Art
|Biography from Conservation Design Inc:|
|Daniel Smith, one of America’s foremost wildlife artists, enjoys wide acclaim for his depictions of the natural world. He is inspired by his surroundings in southwest Montana and paints from personal experience. He also has had a lifetime fascination with Africa and travels there frequently seeking artistic inspiration. |
Daniel has been painting full time for over twenty years. His works are in the permanent collection of The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and The Wildlife Experience.
Daniel participates annually in the Masters of the American West exhibit at the Autry National Center and the Western Visions exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. He has won numerous awards from The Society of Animal Artists as well as being chosen as “Artist of the Year” for several conservation organizations.
Throughout his career Smith has used his art to aid and endorse many conservation efforts. He feels indebted to the natural world that has been the sole inspiration for his award winning career.
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