Daniel Smith was born in Minnesota and now resides outside of Bigfork, Montana, where the rugged peaks of the Swan Range are the only thing separating him from Glacier National Park. One of the most rewarding elements of his artistic career 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 2013 Smith won the Victor Higgins Award for the Best Overall Body of Work at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, and he received the Cynthia Post Buyers’ Choice Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2013, 2012, and 2011 Small Works, Great Wonders shows. In 2011 he won the Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, Sponsored by Carl and Rosella Thorne, at the Autry’s Masters of the American West 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 2011 and 2009. He received the 2009 Harrison Eiteljorg Museum Purchase Award and the 2007 Artist of Distinction Award at Quest for the West.
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.
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