Matt Smith Biography

Matt Smith Biography

Matt Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1960.  At an early age he moved to  Arizona.  He later moved to Europe where he lived two years in France and one in Switzerland. In subsequent years Smith painted in Germany, Austria and Italy.  Smith has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he has a deep attachment and respect for the Sonoran Desert.

Smith graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting.  He spent a vast amount of time studying the traditional styles of such landscapes masters as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton and Edgar Payne.

Most of the time, Smith can be found painting en plein air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies.  He also paints the California coast to the mountains of Colorado. "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.  You know you've succeeded when viewers sense the desert heat or the chill of a mountain snowfall." 

Smith currently lives in Arizona with his wife, Tracy, who is also a painter.

  • 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
  • 2020 "Four Directions" Steamboat Art Museum
  • 2019 "New Works" Group Show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2019 "Along the Distant Mesa: An Homage to Maynard Dixon" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2018 Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists Annual Show and Sale, Brinton Museum
  • 2017 25th Anniversary Celebration, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2021 Western Art Collector, October
  • 2020/2021 Western Art and Architecture, December/January
  • 2020/2021 Southwest Art, December/January
  • 2020 Western Art Collector, December
  • March 13, 2020, Antiques and The Arts Weekly, p. 12C
  • 2020 Art of the West, Guidebook
  • 2020 Art of the West, January/February
  • 2019 Western Art Collector, November
  • 2018 "Maynard Dixon's American West: Along the Distant Mesa" by Mark Sublette
  • 2018 August - Western Art Collector
  • 2018 March - Western Art Collector "Mountain Trails"
  • 2017 25th Anniversary Celebration catalog, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery
  • 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"