David Webster Smith works in the San Francisco Bay on a tugboat as an engineer, pushing and pulling ships around one of the largest ports in the U.S. For three decades previous, he was a ‘hook and line’ commercial fisherman, leading him in and out of just about every port on the west coast, from Monterey, California, to Westport, Washington. He has a passion for photography, and has been published in guidebooks like Moon Handbooks: Nicaragua, and Living Abroad in Costa Rica, and in periodicals such as AFAR, Hakai, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Here is a recent profile of him from Soundings Magazine.

Recent Exhibitions

“Chromatic Awards” International Color Photography Contest – Abstract Honorable Mention – December 2018

“World of Abstraction” juried exhibition – Jurors Choice – San Francisco Women Artists Gallery                                   Juror: Ann Herbst, January – Feb 2019. San Francisco, CA

Vibrant Vision Irving Street Art Banners – Juror: Matt Burns. Fall 2018-19, 7th and Irving Street, San Francisco, CA

“Vibrant Vision” juried exhibition – San Francisco Women Artists Gallery
 Juror: Matt McKinley. October – November 2018 San Francisco, CA                          

“San Francisco Bay International Photo Show” juried exhibition – Silver Medal Award – ACCI Gallery
Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching, Aline Smithson, and David Garnick – September 2018 Berkeley, CA

“Patterns” juried exhibition – San Francisco Women Artists Gallery
Juror: Judy Shintani. July – August 2018 San Francisco, CA

“Exposed 2018” juried exhibition – Marin Society of Artists
Juror: Susan Snyder. May 2018, in San Rafael, CA

“Purely Abstract” juried exhibition – Healdsburg Center for the Arts; received top prize and Award of Excellence.
 Jurors: Jerrold Ballaine and Satri Pencak.  May 2018, Healdsburg, CA

“World of Abstractions” juried exhibition – San Francisco Women Artists Gallery
Juror: James Bazydola. April 2018, San Francisco, CA

“Down to the Waterline”  solo exhibition – February-April 2018 – 540 Club, San Francisco, CA