Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Daniel Smith.
D Smith 2015

Daniel Smith
Born 1954, in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Bozeman, Montana

Summer Sanctuary
2015, acrylic, 19 x 38 inches

Living in close proximity to Yellowstone Park provides ample opportunity to research bison.  This mature bull is seeking a reprieve from the late afternoon heat in the soothing cool water of the Lamar River.  It is truly a summer sanctuary.

AS ONE OF AMERICA’S foremost wildlife artists, Daniel Smith enjoys wide acclaim for his depictions of the natural world. Born in Minnesota, Smith 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.

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. In addition, Smith was recently chosen to be the Featured Painter of the September 2011 Western Visions Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY.

Notable awards and achievements:
2013    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Award
2013    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Small Works, Great Wonders, Cynthia Post Buyer’s Choice Award (also 2012, 2011)
2011    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award
2009    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
2008    National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Show, People’s Choice Award
2007    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award

Society of Animal Artists

Gallery representation:
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona