David Gail Smith is a Dallas-based visual artist, freelance code developer, and an adjunct undergraduate lecturer at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts.
After retiring in 2014 from 21+ years of military service, all in operational assignments as a helicopter aviator, he is now pursuing a professional art practice. Dave finished Army flight training in 1993. He flew the UH-1 Huey and the UH-60 Blackhawk until 2000, when he left the active Army. He returned to active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002 and flew the MH-65 Dolphin for 12 years, retiring in 2014. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Smith moved across the U.S. several times while growing up and served nearly half of his military career overseas. As a result, his worldwide travels, exposure to many cultures, and unusual life experiences over the past 3 decades have given him a unique perspective.
Smith’s eclectic work experiments across media and involves emotional introspection of his experiences and influence on others in the world. He is on an eternal quest for themes that bind people, blend cultures, and celebrate humanity. His pieces often challenge stereotypes and transcend divisive, social, and political boundaries. With one foot in the world of painting and one world in the world of computers, he readily combines art with technology, the traditional with the cutting-edge, and the ancient with the futuristic. As such, his work explores the space between fine art painting and computer coding, in search of an art that is the hybrid of historical tradition and future technology.