Adam Smith
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In The Spotlight

acrylic on canvas
16 x 24 in
(40.64h x 60.96w cm)
SOLD

Biography

Adam Smith, b. 1984, Minnesota, (United States)


Raised in a family immersed in the wildlife art world, Adam Smith was nurtured on nature. “We always had a variety of animals in and around our house – from ducks, rabbits, parrots and iguanas to the more domestic horses and dogs. Life was never dull (or quiet) around our house.” Adam’s father, wildlife artist Daniel Smith, often had mounts, skins and wildlife reference material scattered around his studio. The family trips were often centered on nature, whether hiking in Glacier National Park or mountain biking along the coast of Molokai, Hawaii. Adam’s home in Montana, nestled in the woods at the base of a mountain, offers frequent visits from Elk, moose, deer, mountain lions and bears. Adam says, “Nature was just a part of who we were as a family.”


At age 16, Adam started with pencil drawings of bears, wolves and waterfowl. Fascinated with his father’s early career in duck stamps, Adam decided he wanted to learn how to paint and subsequently entered the Montana Junior Duck Stamp competition. His first entry in 2001 placed first. In 2006 Adam truly found his passion with acrylic painting. Daniel Smith says, “Many people assume that I taught Adam how to paint or that he picked it up by watching me work throughout his twenty-two years. The fact is his talent is innate. I did not teach him how to paint. Once he painted a small portrait of an African lion to see if he could paint fur. When he presented me with the finished work I was shocked because it looked like I painted it. Adam has a gift and I look forward to watching him grow and develop as an artist. We plan to take many reference trips together and share a bond that goes beyond the typical father and son relationship.”

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