Artist Daniel Smith is came off a busy year in 2012 of prestigious invitational shows including the American Masters at the Salmagundi Club, the Prix de West, Quest for the West, Western Visions Miniature show in Jackson and the Small Works, Great Wonders at the National Cowboy and Western Art Heritage Museum. “Alpine Aura” sold at the 2012 Autry National Center’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.
The Rocky Mountain goat is a surefooted, North American climber ¯ the largest mammal above the tree line ¯ found in some of our most spectacular alpine landscapes. It’s hard not to interpret his pose as that of “master of all he surveys,” an apt metaphor for the accomplished artist himself whose reputation continues to soar each year. This portrait of confident strength will make a big statement in human environments from skyscraper offices to mountain cottages.