Above the Falls

by Daniel Smith

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  • Certificate of Authentication
  • Numbered and Signed by Artist
  • Limited Edition of 80 Canvases
  • Giclee on Canvas
  • Image Size 26 Inches Tall by 39 Inches Wide.
  • Overall Size 26 Inches Tall by 39 Inches Wide.
Description
Everything I do is from personal experience, explains artist Daniel Smith, "whether it means working with a live bear as a model or waiting for the perfect last glowing light of the day, as was the case with Above the Falls." Smith sees and paints the unique character of each of his animals and is wonderfully skilled at using nature's elements to define his wild subject. "What drew me into composing Above the Falls was the incredible perspective of the stream and how it moves to a small focal point. Any number of subjects could have worked in this dramatic setting, but the lumbering bear seemed a perfect candidate. My hope is that the authenticity that went into creating this canvas will be felt by the viewer." It is this detail and scientific accuracy of Smith's art which has gained him legions of collectors as well as the attention of such prestigous organizations as the National Geographic Society.
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The Artist

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith, one of America's foremost nature artists, enjoys wide acclaim for his spectacular depictions of landscapes and wildlife.

Smith lives in the mountains of Montana where artistic inspiration surrounds him. He has been painting full time for over twenty years and has had more than 100 of his paintings reproduced as limited edition prints. He began his career designing conservation stamps. He has designed more than thirty stamps including the 1988-89 Federal Duck Stamp and was selected as Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year for the second time in 2002. In 2003 he received three prestigious awards from the Society of  Animal Artists. These included an Award of Excellence, The Leonard J. Meiselman Award for a Realistic Painting Executed in an Academic Manner, and The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum Purchase Award.

The detail and scientific accuracy of Smith's art caught the eyes of organizations such as the National Geographic Society, who commissioned him to paint five color plates for The Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and the prestigious "Birds in Art" exhibition sponsored by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. In 1996 he was inducted into the U.S. ART Hall of Fame due to his great popularity among print collectors.

Smith travels frequently to research his subjects in their natural habitat, believing that there is no substitute for personal experience in the field. He says of his work, "I want people to experience the peace, the tranquillity of the wilderness, of being the only one out there, communing with nature." An ardent supporter of wildlife conservation, he feels indebted to the natural world that has provided him with the sole inspiration for his award-winning career.

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