Western artist Tucker Smith finds one of the greatest attributes of art to be in its observance. “One does not need to be a painter or sculptor to participate,” Smith said.
Art, through its ability to enhance people’s lives, has proved a valuable career for Smith. Through communion in nature, Smith translates the world around him into paintings rich in purpose, stimulation, and provocation.
“Personally, art has broadened my interests and helped me to see the not-so-obvious,” Smith said.
Smith’s contact with the natural world allows him to depict wildlife and nature, subjects he feels remind us of the importance of it to our soul and psyche. When painting nature, Smith is faithful to the actual scene while concentrating on the elements that attracted him to such a setting in the first place.
“An important component of inspiration is the desire to share,” Smith said. “The subject matter I choose is what I am interested in and for which I have passion.”
Smith has been painting full time since 1971, becoming one of America's preeminent wildlife and nature artists. Born in 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota, he moved to Pinedale, Wyoming with his family in 1953. His connection with the Wyoming landscape inspires his work, especially his current home at the foot of the Wind River Mountains where he lives with his wife, Jean.
Smith has works in the collections of some of the finest museums including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles, California, the Montana State Historical Museum in Helena, Montana, and the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.