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Artist Michael Smith


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Biography


Born and raised in Texas, Michael attended West Texas State University and then School of the Ozarks studying in Graphic Arts. He moved to Wyoming in the summer of 1979 to be closer to the West he had read about in his childhood. Later he spent a successful career as a commercial artist for one of the Wests largest retail stores. When the company was bought out by a larger store, he went to work at The University of Utah as a graphic artist and worked on the 2002 Winter Olympics for the University. In 2011, he moved to the beautiful Kamas Valley of Utah, and began painting full time. 
 
Artist Statement:
My view on painting is that as the world moves in on the last of the wild places, the wildlife that calls that space home are threatened by our encroachment on their world. The job of the wildlife artist, I believe, is to observe and record nature faithfully for those who may not have the opportunity to come in contact with wild places in their daily lives and for those who love the outdoors.
 
Organizations:
Midway Art Association, Midway, Utah
Park City Professional Artist Association, Park City, Utah
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