Daniel E. Smith
A Brief Biography
As an artist, I have been fortunate to have a rich and deep set of life experiences which contribute greatly to my work today. Every experience, from my early life in Brooklyn, New York , growing up in a very large family, and then through years of dedication to teaching as a member of a teaching order of monks, has provided me with vision and insight that is a framework for my art. With my community's support, I left the order to take a masters level in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and became a full time artist in 1999. I have been fortunate studying at the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing, China as well as during a painting sabbatical near Siena, Italy. Presently, my work is in collections in Australia, Aruba, Antigua, Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and throughout the USA. My first museum show at The Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia was in 2005 and 12 paintings from that show are included in the permanent collection. In 2011 the Jepson Center for Contemporary Arts accepted two abstract landscapes from my “In Plain View” series into their permanent collection
The love of color and form, a belief in the affect and effect of environment, and the excitement of communicating experience generate these paintings. A commitment to awareness allows these created environments to inform and change my understanding. The paintings you see are moments of such awareness, contemplated, and allowed to develop into statements of belief. Each expanse prompts the solitary nature of the effort to understand and experience. Each structure suggests the communal aspect of that struggle. Allusions to human-created, utilitarian spaces, and ordered glances of a natural world are my chosen vocabulary. The grammar is light and color. Painting decisions persist as thesis. The meaning is influenced by your entering the world I share with you.