DAVID SMITH was born in Dunbartonshire in 1957 and still lives and works in the area. Many years of hill walking, mountaineering and rock climbing in the Scottish Highlands have instilled a clear sense of the outdoors that is recreated in his paintings. He has studied at a number of colleges, including the Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow Print Studio. He also spent a number of years in Australia where he studied life drawing at La Trobe University and Monash House. Around this time he travelled extensively in South East Asia, India and the Nepal Himalaya, giving him the opportunity to paint alternative landscapes. On returning to Scotland he quickly rediscovered his passion for painting what he is widely recognised for - the seaboards and landscapes of Scotland.
David is a past president of The Glasgow Group of Artists. He was awarded the David Cargill prize at the 2001 RGI annual exhibition, the Winsor and Newton award at the 2009 RSW annual exhibition, the Adam Award at the 2010 Paisley Art Institute annual exhibition and the James B. Curr Award at the 2011 Paisley Art Institute annual exhibition. He was also short listed for the Inverarity One to One Travel Award for the 2010 RGI Annual Exhibition. David has exhibited at the RSW, RGI, RSA and PAI annual exhibitions and exhibits regularly at other prominent galleries in the UK. He also has paintings in Glasgow Caledonian University and Fielden House, House of Lords, London. David was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) in November 2011.