Gary Ernest Smith was born on a cattle ranch in Baker City, Oregon in 1942. Interested in art from an early age, he served for two years as an illustrator in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and has been a full-time artist since 1972. Smith’s works draw upon his personal experiences and often celebrate the values of hard work, self-reliance and more recently the evolution of contemporary rural America. Preferring to work with large, panoramic canvases, he utilizes bold form and color to convey emotion. Works by Smith can be found in the permanent collections of the Phoenix Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, among others.