Adam Smith was born in Minnesota and moved to Montana when he was a young boy. He was raised in a family immersed in the world of wildlife art. Adam’s father, wildlife artist Daniel Smith, often had mounts, skins and wildlife reference scattered around his studio. Family trips were often centered on nature, whether hiking in Glacier National Park or mountain biking along the coast of Molokai, HI. Adam says, “Nature was just a part of who we were as a family.”
Adam’s entry into the arts began at the age of 16 when he started to dabble a bit with pencil drawings of bears, wolves, and waterfowl. He put away his brushes and turned his full attention to cars when he attended WyoTech in Laramie, WY. He graduated in the top of his class and was recruited by two of the most desirable automobile companies, but turned them down to stay in Bozeman. In 2006 Adam picked up the paintbrush once again and found that painting was his true passion.
Adam still resides in Montana, in a home nestled in the woods at the base of a mountain, where he is frequently visited by elk, moose, deer, mountain lions and bears.
Daniel Smith lives in the mountains of southwest Montana where artistic inspiration surrounds him. He has been painting full time for over twenty years and has had over 100 of his paintings reproduced as limited edition prints. He began his career designing conservation stamps. He has designed over thirty stamps, and was selected as Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year two times.
Daniel’s art is scientifically accurate and is detail intense. His art caught the eyes of organizations such as the National Geographic Society, and the prestigious “Birds in Art” exhibition. In 1996 he was inducted into the “U.S. Art Hall of Fame” due to his popularity among print collectors.
Daniel travels frequently to research his subjects in their natural habitat. He believes there is no substitute for personal experience in the field. He is an ardent supporter of wildlife conservation and feels indebted to the natural world that has provided him with the sole inspiration for his award-winning career.