David Gail Smith is a creative technician, visual artist, and freelance code developer currently based in Dallas, Texas.
After retiring in 2014 from 21-year military career, he is now pursuing a professional art practice. Endeavoring to rediscover the “energy of wonder” he possessed as a young man before the military, Smith completed degrees in Fine Arts and Creative computation in 2017. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Smith moved across the U.S. several times while growing up and served nearly half of his military career overseas. His worldwide travels, exposure to many cultures, and unusual life experiences have given him a unique perspective.
Smith’s eclectic work experiments across media and involves emotional introspection of his experiences and shared influence on others in the world and vice versa. He is on an eternal quest for themes that bind people, blend cultures, and celebrate humanity in pursuit of what is universal and simply put – beautiful and interesting. He seeks to defy stereotypes, transcend divisive and useless social and political assumptions, and connect with anyone he meets in search of common ground. 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 and computer coding, in search of an art that is the hybrid of historical tradition and future technology.
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