Matt Smith moved to Arizona at an early age and later lived in France and Switzerland. In subsequent years, Smith painted in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Smith has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he has a deep attachment and respect for the Sonoran Desert. Smith graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. He has studied the styles of such landscape masters as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton, and Edgar Payne. Matt can be found painting en plein air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies and from the California coastline to Colorado.