At The Foot of McClure Pass


10 X 12
14 X 16 Framed
Oil on Linen

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Matt Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1960. At an early age he moved to Arizona where he developed his lifelong connection to the Sonoran Desert and the great outdoors. This was a connection that would eventually influence his decision to paint the landscape. As a teenager he also lived two years in France and one year in Switzerland. While in Europe, he had the opportunity to visit many of the great museums which helped solidify his love for art.

In 1985, Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Arizona State University. Somewhat frustrated with the abstract focus of the program at ASU he began looking to outside sources for inspiration and guidance. These sources included fellow artists, fine galleries, and museums. This is where his “real” education began.

These days, Matt can often be found painting en Plein air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies, from the California coast to the Rocky Mountains. “I appreciate traditional landscape painting and I am inspired by the pristine landscapes of the American West. I enjoy working in areas where one can travel for miles without seeing the influence of man. When I paint, I feel I’ve hit the mark when I’ve captured a balance between mood, look, and feel.


2018 Best of Show – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2018 Merit Award – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2018 Artists’ Choice Award – Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational
2016 Merit Award – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2012 Merit Award – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2010 Merit Award – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2009 Merit Award & Best of Show – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2006 Merit Award – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2005 Merit Award – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
2000 Robert Lougheed Award – “Prix de West”
2000 Merit Award & Best of Show – “Western Rendezvous of Art”
1999 Best of Show – “Tucson Plein Air Paint-Off”
1997 Red Smith Award – “Western Visions” – National Wildlife Art Museum
1997 Best of Show – “Emerging City” – San Jose, CA


2019 June – Southwest Art Magazine – “At Home in the West”
2016 July/August – Art of the West – “Impressionistic Naturalism”
2016 May – Plein Air Magazine – “Establishing a Rewarding Life as an Artist”
2012 July/August – Art of the West – “Painting the Eden of the Sierra”
2010 June – Southwest Art – “Catching the Light”
2010 January – Western Art Collector – “Southwest Light”
2009 December – Southwest Art – “Success Stories”
2009 July – Art of the West – “A Feeling of Time and Place”
2007 November – Art of the West – “Twenty One”
2002 January – American Artist – “Making the Landscape Your Own”
2001 April – International Artist – “Ask a Master”
2000 September – Art of the West – “My Passion is Nature”
1999 May – Arizona Corridors – “Arizona Artists”
1998 February – Southwest Art – “Desert Vistas”
1993 December – Art Talk – “Artists Worth Watching”
1992 March – Art of the West – “Pushing the Limits”

Matt Smith Painting, Oil on Linen 10 X 12 (Interest categories: Oil on Linen, Landscape, Color, Painting, Traditional Paintings, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Matt Smith Artist)

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Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

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