Tucker Smith was born in Minnesota in 1940 and grew up in Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1963 with a degree in mathematics and a minor in art.
Smith and his wife, Jean, live on the Hoback Rim in western Wyoming surrounded by wildlife and the mountain atmosphere that they enjoy.
Smith has exhibited at many of the major art shows in the United States and has won numerous awards including the Prix de West Purchase Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 2020 and 2021, a major retrospective exhibit of his paintings toured at the National Wildlife Art Museum in Jackson, Wyoming, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the National Sporting Library and Museum in Virginia, and the Booth Museum in Georgia.