David Smith RSW

  • Seascape, scotland, sea, beach, painting


    Autumn Sea, Harr, Skye

  • Hebridean Shore, scotland


    Hebridean Shore

David Smith RSW, Off the Beaten Track, Solo Show 2020

David Smith RSW, In the Studio, Solo Show 2020

Behind the Scenes, David Smith, 2020

Born in 1957, David Smith is a Scottish Contemporary en plein air artist. The palette and inspiration for his work comes from his love of the Scottish outdoors. He has travelled extensively hillwalking and mountain climbing across the world, but he always returns to paint in Scotland.  

David's oil and watercolour paintings primarily feature the seaboard and landscape of Scotland.  Painting and sketching en plein air allows him to immediately capture the colour and harmony of the subject in front of him.  This can then be translated onto a finished work in the studio. 

David was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) in 2011. Although predominantly a self taught artist, David has studied at various colleges including the Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow School of Art and Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.


Thackeray Gallery, London; Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow; Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford & Bristol; Crinan Gallery, Crinan; The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Glasgow; The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow; Paisley Art Institute, Paisley; The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire; Smithy Gallery, Blanefield; Falle Fine Art, Jersey; The Jerdan Gallery, Crail; Gullane Gallery, Edinburgh; Panter and Hall, London; Lemond Gallery, Glasgow; Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow; Red Rag Gallery, Cotswolds; John Green Fine Art, Glasgow; By Distinction Art, Glasgow; The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh; Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen; Gallery Q, Dundee; Scotlandart.com, Glasgow


2001    David Cargill Prize, RGI 140th Annual Exhibition

2009    Winsor & Newton Award, RSW 129th Annual Exhibition

2010    Shortlisted for The Inverarity One To One Travel Award, RGI 149th Annual Exhibition,

            The Adam Award, PAI 122nd Annual Exhibition

2011    James B. Curr Award, PAI 123rd Annual Exhibition

2014    By Distinction Art Award, PAI 126th Annual Exhibition

2015    The Rendezvous Gallery Artist in Residence Award, RSW 134th Annual Exhibition

2017    House for an Art Lover Award, Paisley Art Institute 129th Annual Exhibition

2018    Fabriano Residency Award at the RSW Annual Exhibition


The House of Lords, London; The BBC Collection; The Swiss Consulate, Edinburgh; Glasgow Caledonian University; The Law Society of Scotland