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"Season's Greetings" by Daniel Smith

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"Season's Greetings" by Daniel Smith

Season's Greetings
by Daniel Smith

This award winning work of art marks the third year in a row that Daniel Smith walked away with the Cynthia Post Buyers Choice Award at the Small Works, Great Wonders sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The intimate view of the largest member of the bear family is the result of a week-long expedition to Cape Churchill, Manitoba on Canada’s frozen Hudson Bay.



Dan Smith, Cape Churchill - 2012

My winter arrived early as I embarked on a polar bear research trip to the Hudson Bay in mid-November. I chose to participate in the longest, most extensive trip to maximize my time and effort. It is an adventure that occurs only once a year at the season’s end on Cape Churchill.

There are no accommodations available at the destination so it required relocating the Tundra Buggy Hotel to the Cape. It felt like a true Arctic expedition towing the hotel components behind our tundra buggies for several hours to reach our desolate destination. We arrived after dark and the ground crew began the arduous task of reassembling the hotel components during a blizzard. To make matters even more challenging curious polar bears were drawn to investigate the commotion.

Our tundra buggy was assigned to circumnavigate the area to drive away approaching bears. You can only imagine the sense of adventure one experiences under these circumstances. It was a very unique indoctrination to the world of the polar bear!

We spent the following week in a very austere, isolated landscape that was extremely inspiring. To enhance our experience, three polar bear experts traveled with us and gave informative evening presentations. They were fantastic speakers with an extensive depth of knowledge that I took full advantage of. I’m a sponge on my research trips and I hope my experience is manifested in my paintings.

We were blessed with many bears and a great variety of weather. Nature plays a crucial role in the timing of this trip as bears are migrating from inland to ice pack in search of seals. If the sea ice develops too early, the bears could be gone from the area. Our timing was perfect as most of the bears were out on the ice by the conclusion of our adventure.

Our best day was comprised of soft sunlight and over thirty different bears. Frigid temperatures and constant winds were prevalent but helped to create unique, quintessential Arctic environments.

I am truly blessed to be able to call these research trips “work.” They are my primary source of inspiration and a fantastic reward that motivates me throughout the year.

- Dan Smith



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About Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith, one of America’s foremost wildlife artists, enjoys wide acclaim for his depictions of the natural world. He is inspired by his surroundings in southwest Montana and paints from personal experience. He also has had a lifetime fascination with Africa and travels there frequently seeking artistic inspiration. Daniel has been painting fulltime for over twenty years. His works are in the permanent collection of The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and The Wildlife Experience. Daniel participates annually in the Masters of the American West exhibit at the Autry National Center and the Western Visions exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. He has won numerous awards from The Society of Animal Artists as well as being chosen as “Artist of the Year” for several conservation organizations. Throughout his career Smith has used his art to aid and endorse many conservation efforts. He feels indebted to the natural world that has been the sole inspiration for his award winning career.

Awards

2013
Cynthia Post Buyers Choice Award at the Small Works, Great Wonders sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for Season's Greetings

Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for best body of work in the show - Quest for the West Show, Eiteljorg Museum

2012
Cynthia Post Buyers Choice Award at the Small Works, Great Wonders sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for Cold Stare

2011 

Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award for his original painting, Heavy Hitters at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Museum.

People's Choice Award - National Museum of Wildlife Art Miniatures & More show for Raven Rhetoric 

Cynthia Post Buyers Choice Award at the Small Works, Great Wonders sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for Riverside Siesta

2009
The Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award for his original painting Still Water Crossing at the Quest for the West Art Show at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

2008
Peoples Choice Award for his original painting Saturation Point, at the Western Visions: Miniatures and More Show & Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

2008 
Gold Medal Winner for his original painting Duma, at The Greenwich Workshop Gallery's SmallWorks North America Show.

2007
Artist of Distinction award at the Quest for the West Art Show at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. This award was presented to the artist with the best overall body of work exhibited in the show