Tucker Smith was born in Minnesota and grew up in Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1963 with a degree in mathematics and a minor in art.
Tucker lives on the Hoback Rim in western Wyoming surrounded by wildlife and the mountain atmosphere that he enjoys. He prefers a variety of subject matter for his paintings, with most of his work depicting contemporary scenes. He strives for accurate values and color and puts great importance on sense of place.
Tucker has exhibited at many of the major art shows in the U.S. and won the prestigious Prix de West Purchase Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1990, and the Lougheed Award (artists’ choice) in 1996. He has won numerous awards at the Masters Exhibition at the Autry National Center. In 2013 he received the John G. Geraghty Award for advancement of contemporary art. In 2014 Tucker won the Top Tier Juried Competition at the Jackson Hole Art Auction. In 2015 he was a featured artist in the Woolaroc Museum Best of the Best Retrospective Exhibit.