Tucker Smith was born in Minnesota and raised in Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in mathematics and a minor in art. He now lives in western Wyoming, surrounded by wildlife and the mountain atmosphere that he enjoys. Most of his work depicts contemporary scenes, putting great importance on sense of place. He has exhibited at most of the major art shows in the United States and won the prestigious Prix de West Purchase Award in 1990. In 1999, he won the Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting at Masters of the American West. In 2007, he won the Autry National Center's Trustees' Purchase Award. In 2008, he received the Governor's Art Award through the Wyoming Art Council.