With less than 25,000 residents, the sleepy town of Kerrville provides a quiet environment conducive to focusing on his studies, but Smith likes to return to his hometown once or twice a month to see friends, family and take in all our bustling city has to offer.
Smith reminisces about his childhood, stating that "Austin was a lot different [back then]. When I was growing up, there weren't as many people and the city felt more relaxed; the culture is changing."
Wildlife, plants and nature are what inspire Smith most. Before beginning a drawing he photographs and studies his subjects. He considered pursuing biology for awhile but found that his passion lied with art. He jokingly drew a parallel between the inspiration for his artwork and that of being an endangered species as an Austin native when he commented, "I am like a rare, exotic animal."
Smith's preferred medium is pen and ink on paper, but he's also experimented with marker, graphite and painting. At the age of 14, Smith began drawing for fun and by the time he reached his sophomore year of high school he found that most of his free time was spent creating art. His specific style emerged when an ex-girlfriend asked him to draw her a tattoo design. Over the past two years his style has continued to evolve–his lines, once geometric, have become more fluid.