Elmer Boyd Smith (1860 - 1943)
David & Donna Kmetz, American Paintings
oil on board, 14" x 10", signed lower right
Born in New Brunswick, Canada, E. Boyd Smith was raised in Boston and educated in France. At an early age he worked for the Riverside Press in Boston, and then went to Paris to study at the Acadmie Julian with Gustave Boulanger and Jean Louis LeFort. During this time he wrote and illustrated his first book, "My Village." He returned to Boston in 1898 where he illustrated books for Houghton Mifflin.
In early 1900, he went West sketching Indians and herders.
He became the first director of the Kansas City Art Association and School of Design, Smith illustrated books by Andy Adams ("Log Of A Cowboy") and Mary Austin ("Land Of Little Rain") insuring his reputation as a western artist.
Returning east he settled in Wilton, Connecticut and was active in the Cos Cob art colony there. Smith exhibited at the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy, and the Paris Salon.