01 Jan Smith, Adam
Born 1984 in Medina, Minnesota; lives in Manhattan, Montana
2021, acrylic, 30 x 37 inches
It’s not too often painting ideas spark from my dreams. Most of them are from experiences out in the field. Maybe I had been watching too many grizzly documentaries and movies lately. I wanted to portray an experience you would never forget. Something that stuck with you. Most people don’t forget encounters with grizzlies in the wild. I wanted to carry that feeling into this piece. A true “Grizzly” encounter in paint.
BORN IN MEDINA, MINNESOTA, and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Smith has spent twenty-seven years surrounded by the incredible wonders of Western wildlife and has worked to master the art of its accurate rendering. Smith studies nature with the acute eyes of a scientist, yet gingerly re-creates it with the hands of a painter. He is no stranger to fine art, as he is the son of prominent wildlife artist and fellow Quest for the West artist Daniel Smith. Make no mistake, this young artist sets himself apart from the competition and has already garnered much success in the art world. An avid traveler and cross-country explorer, Smith finds inspiration from trips he and his father have taken to Africa, Alaska, Utah, and dozens of national parks in between.
Notable Awards and Achievements
2017 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Small Works, Great Wonders, Cynthia Post Buyers’ Choice Award
2016 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
2015 National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, People’s Choice Award
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona