Gary Ernest Smith

Gary Ernest Smith

Reflected in the art of Gary Ernest Smith are days as a child spent in the relative isolation of a cattle ranch near Baker, Oregon. Although Smith received little formal art training, his parents encouraged him to develop his talent, and at age 15 he was accepted into a painting workshop for professional artists in Lincoln Beach, Oregon. He believes this experience inspired his concentrated pursui...
Reflected in the art of Gary Ernest Smith are days as a child spent in the relative isolation of a cattle ranch near Baker, Oregon. Although Smith received little formal art training, his parents encouraged him to develop his talent, and at age 15 he was accepted into a painting workshop for professional artists in Lincoln Beach, Oregon. He believes this experience inspired his concentrated pursuit of art as a career. In 1970, Smith received a Master of Fire Arts degree from Brigham Young University. After serving 18 months as an Army Illustrator, he returned by BYU to teach art.

Gary Smith's paintings depicting rural American hang in private, corporate and university collections across the country. His art has been featured in dozens of one- and two-man shows and he has received major commissions for a score of paintings and murals. His work has appeared in nearly every major national art magazine, including Southwest Art, Art and Antique, ARTnews and Antiques and Fine Art. He has also been the recipient of many awards and his exhibit, Journey in Search of Lost Images, has toured 22 museums nationwide.
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