Artists become known for signature works and increasingly Dan Smith’s “water” paintings are becoming “must haves” for collectors. As is the case for “Stillwater Crossing,” evidently “must haves” for museum collections as well. Dan created this painting specifically for the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West Art Show 2010. In a strong overall showing of art, Smith’s painting won the show’s Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.
It is easy to see why museums and collectors think Smith is doing something special. Water and its qualities are one of the toughest real world experiences to translate convincingly into painting. From the reflective qualities of the placid surface to the bison’s turbulent wake, what you see here is flawless. A true signature work from a highly respected American artist.