Born in 1949, in Essex, David Smith left school at the age of 15 and spent the next few years in various occupations until finally training to be a bricklayer. His grandfather, himself a keen amateur artist, encouraged him to paint from an early age but it remained just a spare time activity until 1978 when he decided to make painting his full time career. Since the time his work has gone from strength to strength. His delightful paintings of the English landscape, which so obviously echo his love of the countryside, attract great admiration from all who see them. He has rapidly become one of the leading landscape artists in this country. His work is in collection in Great Britain, Europe, Bermuda, Australia and the U.S.A.