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Lived/Active: Montana      Known for: wildlife painting-birds and animals, illustration

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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".


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Joe McCaddin, "Duck Stamps and Prints"

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Daniel Smith, b. 1954, Minnesota, (United States)

Daniel Smith was born in Minnesota and now resides in Bozeman, Montana where the rugged peaks of the Gallatin Range are the only thing separating him from Yellowstone National Park. He is inspired by his surroundings. One of the most rewarding and inspiring elements of his work is the fieldwork. It is the genesis of all of his paintings. Smith is passionate about his subjects and travels frequently seeking artistic inspiration. Smith’s meticulous field research and insistence on directly observing the animals he paints is driven by a personal penchant to achieve greater authenticity. Environmental issues have become increasingly significant to him, using his art to endorse and aid many conservation efforts.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
• Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Selected Group Exhibitions
• National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Exhibition, Jackson, WY, 2014
• National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Oklahoma City, OK, 2014
• Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
• Eiteljorg Museum, Quest for the West, Indianapolis, IN, 2013
• Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, Wausau, IN
Selected Publications
• Joe McCaddin, Duck Stamps and Prints, Complete Federal and State Editions, Wausau, WI, 1982
• National Geographic Society, Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Selected Press
• Art of the West , “No Substitute for Being There”, 2013
• Art & Architecture, “The Ties that Bind”, 2012
• Western Art Collector, “The Bears of Katmai”, 2012
• Western Art Collector, “Natural Talent”, 2011
• Art of the West, “The Studio”, 2011
• Distinctly Montana, “All in the Family”, 2011
• Southwest Art, “Daniel & Adam Smith/All in the Family”, 2010
• Art of the West, Twenty One” (Future Masters, 2007
• Art of the West “The Evolution Continues”, 2006
• Wildlife Art, “A Study in Versatility”, 2006
• Sporting Classics magazine feature article “Nothing Less Than Magic”, 2005
• Wildlife Art, Difference for Wolves, November, 2001
• Wildlife Art, Master Critique, March 2001
• Wildlife Art, What’s New, June 2000
• Wildlife Art, June 1998
• Wildlife Art, Field Notes, Oct 1996
Public Collections
• Eitlejorg Museum, IN
• Leanin Tree, CO
• Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, WI
• Hiram Blauvelt Museum, NJ
• Ella Sharp Museum, MI
• The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
Awards
• Eiteljorg Museum, Quest for the West Show, Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for best body of work in the show, 2013
• National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK, Small Works, Great Wonders Show , Cynthia Post Buyer’s Choice Award 2013, 2012, 2011
• National Museum of Wildlife Art, People’s Choice Award, Jackson, WY, 2011 & 2009
• Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA, Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, Masters Show, 2011
• National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY, Western Visions Featured Artist, September 2011
• Eiteljorg Museum, Purchase Award, 2009
• Greenwich Workshop Gallery “Gold Medal Winner” Small Works Exhibit, 2008
• Eiteljorg Museum, Artist of Distinction Award, 2007
• Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum (SAA Exhibit) Purchase Award and “Leonard J. Meiselman Realistic Painting Executed in an Academic Manner Award”, 2003
• Society of Animal Artists “Award of Excellence”, 2003 & 2002
• Selected artist, waterfowl and conservation stamps including the 1988-89 Federal Duck Stamp, 1983-1991

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.

The 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.

Over the 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.

“Dan 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.”

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Masters of the West Show, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA.

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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