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Daniel Smith

Birth place or City of origin: Mankato
State of origin: MN
Last known City: Bozeman
Last known State: MT
Start/Birth date: 1954
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As one of America’s foremost wildlife artists, Daniel Smith enjoys wide acclaim for his depictions of the natural world. Traveling frequently and widely to view his animal subjects in their natural habitat provides what he calls “the real enjoyment” of his work: it also is the source of his inspiration.

Smith’s interest in art led him to pursue a career as an illustrator, but even then he spent his evenings painting wildlife, his first love. After winning the 1987 Federal Duck Stamp competition, he abandoned illustration and has been painting wildlife ever since. He is noted for his use of muted lighting, soft colors, and mist to enhance and exaggerate depth.

Because he feels indebted to the natural world that has been his sole inspiration, Smith uses his art to aid and endorse many conservation efforts. He has been chosen “Artist of the Year” by several conservation organizations.

Biography from Eiteljorg Museum


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 fieldwork; it is the genesis of all of his paintings. Smith is passionate about his subjects and frequently travels to seek artistic inspiration. His meticulous field research and insistence on directly observing the animals he paints is driven by a personal penchant to achieve greater authenticity.

In 2011 Smith won the Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, Sponsored by Carl and Rosella Thorne, at the Autry's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale and was the Featured Painter and won the People's Choice Award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art's Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale, where he also won the Peoples' Choice Award in 2008. He received the 2009 Harrison Eiteljorg Museum Purchase Award and the 2007 Artist of Distinction award from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. He exhibits at several museum shows including those at the Autry National Center, the Eiteljorg Museum, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

Smith has also won numerous awards from the Society of Animal Artists and has been chosen Artist of the Year for several conservation organizations. He has used his art to aid and endorse many conservation efforts.

Daniel Smith is represented by Settlers West Galleries Inc., Tucson, Arizona; and Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Giclée reproductions of his work are available through Greenwich Workshop dealers.


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