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 Daniel Smith  (1954 - )

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

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1954
 
Lived/Active
Montana


Daniel Smith


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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 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 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 Museum.

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.

Periodicals:
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


Books
McCaddin, Joe; Duck Stamps and Prints, Complete Federal & State Editions, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; 1982 Bird Art Exhibition

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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