Distinctly Montana Magazine

Spring 2011

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DANIEL SMITH Safari Club International in Reno, Nevada Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, February American Miniature Show at Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, February American Masters at SCNY, Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY, May developed. Dan intentionally creates calmer backgrounds that allow the intensity of the animal and the light to draw the viewer in without distraction. Adam’s balance of composition combines more elements, including rich layers of grass, which Dan observes is one of the most dif- ficult things to paint. Despite the trips to Africa and the elk that pass outside Dan’s studio window, neither father nor son hunts. In part, they say, there just isn’t time. They speak highly of the value that tourism and hunting industries bring to Africa. Dan also says the time he has spent in some of the poorer areas has given him understanding of the villagers who “poach” in order to feed their families. He adds that after having spent time observing elephants closely, he couldn’t shoot one: they are too much like people.” “I am blessed to do what I love every day,” Dan says. Or was it Adam? More than artistic instruction, it appears Dan’s best fatherly advice has been on how to live well and embrace the discipline to fully realize one’s talents. Undoubtedly, this commitment has laid the foundation for each artist to create memorable, lasting images of the wildlife that help to define and ennoble our existence. Left: Lamar Reflections, Adam Smith Bottom: Teton Country, Adam Smith Salute to Summer Show at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Art Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, June 27th Annual Fall Classics Show at the Ponderosa Art Gallery in Hamilton, Montana, August Quest for the West Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, September Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY, September Fall Gold Show and Holiday Miniatures Show at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole Great American West Show, Settlers West, Tucson, AZ, Nov. Miniatures Sale and Auction at Collectors Covey in Dallas, TX, Nov. ADAM SMITH Safari Club International in Reno, Nevada Small Paintings Spring Show at Decoys and Wildlife in Frenchtown, New Jersey Salute to Summer Show at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole 27th Annual Fall Classics Show at the Ponderosa Art Gallery in Hamilton, Montana, August Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY, September Fall Gold Show and Holiday Miniatures Show at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole. Miniatures Sale and Auction at Collectors Covey in Dallas, TX, Nov. TO STAY CURRENT ON THE WORK OF THE DANIEL AND ADAM SMITH, SIGN UP FOR THEIR NEWSLETTER: Animal Palette (since Fall 2008, quarterly, www.danielsmithwildlife.com/newsletters) It is as Chagall has said: “Great art picks up where nature ends.” Of course,Savannah Barnes has a Border Collie, drives a 4WD, shoots (and butchers) elk, teaches yoga, writes educational curriculum, and holds down a day job with a software company. This is Montana. www.distinctlymontana.com “It can be challenging coming up with a strong composition, but creating a few thumbnail sketches can help solve most problems.” Adam Smith 31

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