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The Art of Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith, one of America’s foremost wildlife artist, lives in Montana, surrounded by the wildlife he loves to paint. Smith enjoys wide acclaim for his conservation stamp artwork, winning the 1988-89 Federal Duck Stamp Competition. His global prominence in the world of wildlife art has afforded him the honor of creating the original artwork for several international programs as well. H ... Read More

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Prairie Home Companions
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21 x 14 in
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Deep Forest Descent
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22 x 22 in
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Stillwater Crossing

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.

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34 x 24 in
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Snow Blower
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24 x 13 in
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American Icon

The Great Seal of the United States was adopted on June 20, 1782 and since then the American Bald Eagle has been recognized as our official bird. The bald eagle embodies the boundless spirit of freedom. With a wingspan of up to eight feet, majestic looks and great strength it soars effortlessly through the grandeur of Nature. It has a sense of power and purpose in the air, a master of its destiny and domain.

Daniel Smith’s American Icon shows why he is regarded as one of the greatest wildlife painters working today. This Limited Edition Fine Art Canvas is a work of intricate design, impeccable artistic rendering and compelling narrative ― the hallmarks of a great work of art.

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Cat Scan

This powerful predator roams the Americas, where it is also known as a puma, cougar and catamount. This big cat of many names is also found in many habitats, from Florida swamps to Canadian forests.

Mountain lions like to prey on deer, although they also eat smaller animals such as coyotes, porcupines, and raccoons. They usually hunt at night or during the gloaming hours of dawn and dusk. These cats employ a blend of stealth and power, stalking their prey until an opportunity arrives to pounce, then going for the back of the neck with a fatal bite.

Mountain lions once roamed nearly all of the United States. They were prized by hunters and despised by farmers and ranchers who suffered livestock losses at their hands. Subsequently, by the dawn of the 20th century, mountain lions were eliminated from nearly all of their range in the Midwest and Eastern U. S.

Mountain lions require a lot of room—only a few cats can survive in a 30-square-mile range. They are solitary and shy animals, seldom seen by humans.

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Ethereal Mist

The definition of ethereal is “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world,” as fitting a definition for the small number of bison that remain in West as it is for the fog through which they now pass.

Certainly, a bison itself is anything but ethereal ― each is about as light and delicate as a Mack Truck. Yellowstone’s winters are often severe with deep snows and temperatures that reach -44F. With thick skin and underfur, long hairs and layers of fat, these massive beasts are built to survive and thrive in such an environment. Even so the geyser basins, hot springs and thermals are attractive destinations during these frosty months.

Daniel Smith’s “Ethereal Mist” shows why he is regarded as one of the greatest wildlife painters working today. This MasterWork™ Limited Edition Fine Art Canvas is a work of intricate design, impeccable artistic rendering and compelling narrative ― the hallmarks of a great work of art.

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Season’s Greetings

This award winning work of art marks the third year in a row that Daniel Smith walked away with the Cynthia Post Buyers Choice Award at the Small Works, Great Wonders sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The intimate view of the largest member of the bear family is the result of a week-long expedition to Cape Churchill, Manitoba on Canada’s frozen Hudson Bay.

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Rising Expectations

Rising to seven feet or more and averaging 400-600 pounds, calling her “Grizzly” to her face would be rude, inaccurate and ill advised. She’s the Coastal Brown Bear from the Katmai National Park and Preserve and exhibits the poise, grace and beauty of a fashion model, Alaska-style. This unique and gorgeous example of vertical “ursus” and vertical Daniel Smith Fine Art is perfect for putting something a little wild on your walls.

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18 x 27 in
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Cold Stare

Award-winning art has the ability to stand out and stare back at you across the room and that is certainly the case with this Daniel Smith painting.

Of the hundreds of paintings at the 2012’s Small Works, Great Wonders show at the Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Cynthia Post Buyers Choice Award went to this wildlife art gem, “Cold Stare.”

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14 x 11 in
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Alpine Aura

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.

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Radiant Red

“I haven’t done a lot of fox paintings until recently,” says artist Daniel Smith. “We have fox around our home and recently had very regular visits over a two week period from a cross fox which is darker in coloration than this red fox. Fox are very shy, always on the move and somewhat difficult to photograph in the wild. This fox has taken a high vantage point in his relentless search for rodents.”

Red fox (“Vulpes vulpes”) has a wide distribution and adapts quickly which is why its population has increased alongside that of man. They are omnivores, eating berries and bugs, but prefer squirrel, rabbits, mice and other small mammals.

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Canyon Vista

The raven is one of the principle birds of the Grand Canyon, known for its lofty aerial acrobatics and the clever raiding of backpacks for food. The raven is also regarded as having one of the finest brains of the bird world and a trickster’s sense of humor.

Ravens in research studies have established the ability to count objects up to the number six and have been observed using and altering tools to obtain food. Many a Grand Canyon visitor has discovered their ability to unzip zippers and pairs have definite territories they patrol as they wait for an unguarded food source.

Daniel Smith’s “Canyon Vista” is a 10″ x 10″ SmallWorks™ Fine Art Edition Giclèe canvas and is the perfect accent piece for those who feel ravens represent the epitome of intelligence, loyalty and mischief, a celebration of life itself.

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Cowbird Companions

Congratulations to artist Daniel Smith who is in the middle of another active and productive year! “Western Art & Architecture” included Daniel and his son, Adam, in their feature story “The Ties that Bind” in the February/March issue and “Western Art Collector” wrote about the artist’s trip to Alaska’s Katmai National Preserve and the cover featured his bear and salmon painting, “Shore Lunch.” Daniel returns to the Quest for the West Art Show at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis in September, followed by the 25th Annual Western Visions Miniatures and More Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole in September.

“Cowbird Companions” is an imposing yet playful portrait of the majestic American bison. His massive shoulders provide a temporary resting perch for the nearly constant companion, the cowbird.

In a symbiotic relationship, cowbirds followed herds of bison through grassland to catch and eat the insects that were stirred up from the animal’s feet. Thus cowbirds were originally called buffalo birds by early trail herders and cowboys but after the bison herds were decimated, the name “cowbird” was adapted. The nomadic life of the herd prevents cowbirds from building nests and nurturing their young so they evolved into parasitic brooders, depositing their eggs in any available nest built by other species.

The bison is a symbol of North America’s Native American heritage. In 1991 delegates from 19 native American tribes formed the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative (ITBC) whose goals is to restore the bison to millions of acres of tribal lands — and to a central place in tribal life. “To reestablish healthy buffalo populations on tribal lands is to reestablish hope for Indian people,” said Fred DuBray, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux.

Give this Fine Art Edition by the masterful wildlife artist, Daniel Smith, a place of honor in your home or office.

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Fully Engaged

“Mountain lions epitomize stealth and grace,” expresses Daniel Smith. “They maintain fluidity of movement over unseen rock surfaces with amazing agility. They can leap up to twenty feet and subsequently are formidable predators. This great cat’s eye contact with its quarry creates a strong focal point and leaves no doubt that this feline is “Fully Engaged.”

A featured painting at the Jackson Hole Art Auction, this work is as much a brilliant study of texture and form as it is wildlife art. Smith’s use of early morning light cast across this sinuous mountain top brings to life the positive and negative shapes of this snow and rock terrain.

“Fully Engaged” captures the complete essence of this mountain lion in a single moment, a brief pause in an otherwise very physical existence. This 28″ x 20″ Fine Art Canvas Edition leaves us stilled at the fierce beauty of this alpine predator.

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Kodiak Collaboration

The annual salmon run attracts a multitude of wildlife,” says Dan Smith. “Grizzly bears feast on salmon as opportunistic gulls function as the cleanup crew. The complexity and efficiency of Mother Nature continues to amaze me. Watching bears feeding alternates between intense activity and calm moments. I don’t know if they can smell the salmon when they arrive or if they sense some other change, but once they become aware of it, when one bear goes out, they all go out.

“I’m very fortunate and blessed to refer to these experiences as ‘part of my job.’”

Daniel Smith is recognized as simply one of the best doing this “job” today. In the 2011 and 2012:

“Western Art and Architecture,” Feb/March 2012, feature story, “The Ties That Bind;” “Western Art Collector,” January 2012, Cover and feature story, “Bears of Katmai;” Cynthia Post Small Works Great Wonders Buyers’ Choice Award, November, 2011 for “Riverside;” “Siesta” received at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City; People’s Choice Award, September, 2011 for “Raven Rhetoric” at Western Visions: Miniatures and More Show & Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY; “Art of the West,” May/June 2011, regular feature, The Studio; “Western Art Collector,” April, 2011, feature story, Natural Talent; “Distinctly Montana,” Spring, 2011, feature story, Like Father, Like Son; Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, February, 2011 for “Heavy Hitters” at the Masters of American West Fine art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles.

And you can easily own the art of this respected artist. “Kodiak Collaboration” presents that combination of elements for which Smith’s wildlife art is known: a majestic wild animal at home in its surroundings from a point of view few of us would ever be lucky enough to see; meticulous detail that gives lie to muscles rippling in stride beneath the animal’s fur and the tranquil, mirror-like quality of the water’s surface; all presented in a setting composed as only a master artist can.

“Kodiak Collaboration” is available in two sizes: a MasterWork™ Fine Art Edition at the original’s size of 36″w x 20″h with an exclusive number of only 15 canvases and a Fine Art Edition of 45 canvases at 27″w x 15″h. Bring the art of Daniel Smith into your home and experience the thrill of a riverside seat during Kodiak’s annual salmon run.

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36 x 20 in
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