Christopher Smith is a wildlife artist from Suttons Bay, Michigan. He specializes in dogs and wildlife scenes for pet owners and wildlife lovers across the country.
Chris has illustrated more than 24 hunting and fishing books. He is a Contributing Artist for The Retriever Journal and a freelance illustrator for The Pointing Dog Journal, Ducks Unlimited, Just Labs, and Ruffed Grouse Society magazine, as well as a freelance writer. Chris is author and illustrator of Field Guide to Upland Bird and Waterfowl Identification, and is co-author with brother Jason of Waterfowling Horizons. He is working on another waterfowl hunting book, slated for release in September, 2017.
Smith took first place in the 2016, 2014, and 2005 Michigan State Duck Stamp Contests, second in 2013, and placed first in 2009 and 2014 for the Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year. He tied for 7th in the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp contest, and his entry is currently on national tour with the top 20 entries in the '16 contest. He also has painted the 2013 Print of the Year for the Ruffed Grouse Society.
Chris attended NMC in Traverse City, MI in 1990, and is a graduate from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. He and wife, Lani, an art teacher in Leelanau County, have two children and an obnoxious Labrador. He has hunted and fished across much of North America, adding hands-on experiences to his formal education in the wildlife sciences.