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.
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
Cynthia Post Buyers Choice Award at the Small Works, Great Wonders sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for Cold Stare
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
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
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
Gold Medal Winner for his original painting Duma, at The Greenwich Workshop Gallery's SmallWorks North America Show.
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