David Smith is a Scottish contemporary landscape artist whose work is steeped in the Plein Air tradition. His love of the outdoors has taken him painting all over the world and he has travelled extensively in India and South East Asia. His travels even took him to the Himalayas in Nepal where he trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest. Following this he returned to Scotland where he pursues his passion for painting, hillwalking and mountaineering.
Predominantly a self-taught artist, he has studied at various colleges including the Glasgow School of Art and Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia. This along with his travel experiences helped him develop his unique style.
David’s outdoor pursuits provide him every opportunity to capture the beauty of Scotland. The palette and inspiration for his distinctive landscapes are taken mainly from the seaboard and mountains of Scotland. His subjects also extend to the boats of Scotland and smaller Still Life paintings.
To help him capture the full spectrum of the Scottish countryside David uses Michael Harding Oil Paints. “I love the vibrancy of the colours as well as the textures they allow me to create. The huge range of colours ensures I am always able to recreate the palette of colours I see outdoors. The 40ml tubes are perfect for me to outdoors to paint at the base of a mountain”.
David’s passion for his subject evident through his paintings. His work is found in private, corporate and public collections throughout the UK and abroad including, Fielden House, The House of Lords in London.
David is a past member and President of the Glasgow Group of Artists. In 2011 he became an elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour ( RSW ).
His current and past works in oils and watercolours and can be found at: