"The reason behind my art is to inspire, challenge, and bring wildlife up close and personal to those who rarely get to experience these animals in the wild and in person. "
Leah Smith is a self-taught artist with a love for wildlife, photography, and beautiful, high-quality artwork. Born and raised in the beautiful state of Arkansas, Leah grew up around wildlife. She comes from a family of avid hunters and fishermen along with a list of talented artists. Her love for painting derived from watching her grandmother paint with oils while watching Bob Ross paint on television when she was a child. Leah prefers using acrylics when starting her paintings and finishing with a top layer of oils while painting on canvas, wood, hardboard, or panel.
Leah makes painting waterfowl her priority while entering many state Duck Stamp competitions. She is a member of the National Duck Stamp Collectors Society and strongly believes in the preservation of our nation’s wetlands.
She also believes in helping organizations such as The National Wild Turkey Federation through her art by donating to these organizations yearly.
Leah has taken many of her own wildlife photos which she bases most of her work on. Her paintings can be found in many private collections throughout the United States.
“The reason behind my art is to inspire, challenge, and bring wildlife up close and personal to those who rarely get to experience these animals in the wild and in person. So many have never seen a lion, tiger, or even a wild waterfowl such as ducks and geese in person. I believe in helping in the conservation of habitat for our future generations through my art.” – Leah Smith
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