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Tucker Smith - The Refuge -  MUSEUMEDITION ANNIVERSARY CANV Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          The Refuge
by Tucker Smith

Original Retail Price $895.00

Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 60"w x 18"h.
Published: October 2014

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The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, commissioned Prix de West award-winner Tucker Smith to create a spectacular painting of elk in the refuge just outside the museum’s walls. The three-by-ten-foot work is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

“Herds of up to 10,000 elk visit the National Elk Refuge,” Smith reports. “On cold winter days like the one pictured, they feed on wild grasses and food provided by the refuge. With Sleeping Indian Mountain in the background, it is a sight that should be shared by everyone. I always seek to have something to say in my paintings. It's just not telling a story; it's also visual . . . something that touches us emotionally through the eyes. I always try to 'say' something about light, shapes or colors. This is necessary in every painting; it's the reason to do a painting."

Keep and share the unspoiled wilderness and wildlife at its most beautiful with this 60" Museum Edition Anniversary Canvas―take shelter in "The Refuge."

Tucker Smith

“Painting is ninety percent work,” says Tucker Smith. “The rest is talent, but talent isn’t something you’re simply born with. Talent requires a great deal of perseverance.” Smith is well known for his painstaking approach to art. He does research, paints on location, and labors at his easel until he feels the work is exactly right. “I suppose I’m a perfectionist,” he says, and then adds with his customary modesty, “but it turns out all right in the end, I guess.” Smith was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. As he grew up there, he developed an interest in drawing, but he didn’t think it was possible to make a living as an artist. It wasn’t until he attended the University of Wyoming that he seriously started to consider a fine art career. Even so, he worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for ten years before making the courageous decision to become a full-time artist. Today Tucker Smith’s art is part of the permanent collections of such respected galleries as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma and the American West Art Museum in Wyoming. Smith is a member of the National Academy of Western Art and is the recipient of many major art awards, including the prestigious Prix de West. Smith lives with his wife, Jean, on a small ranch in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. There they have raised two sons and many quarter horses. The boys are grown now and out on their own, and there are only a few riding horses left in the stable, but the Smiths still live a picturesque life that is well suited to Tucker’s reputation as one of the country’s finest artists of the West. ...


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