Frank Vining Smith (Born 1879 – Died 1967) was born in Whitman, Massachusetts. He enjoyed his summer on Cape Cod and decided to make Hingham his home. Smith failed to enter the Navy so he focused on painting which he combined with his love of nautical things. He enrolled at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where he studied under Edmund C. Tarbell Philip L. Hale and Frank Benson. He furthered his studies at the Art Students League in New York City, and at the Central Ontario School of Art in Canada. After completing his studies, he began working for the Boston Herald as an illustrator at the age of 23 and also executed many paintings and illustrations for Outdoors, the Boston Journal, Yachting and Field & Stream. Smith’s illustrations defined a generation that enjoys the pastime of “the great outdoors and leisure.” Many of his illustrations have been reproduced in a book. In 1926, he started to paint on full time basis.
After the Second World War people felt more patriotic, and for the artist, it brought about a widening list of commissions and patrons. He landed some lucrative assignments from well-place clients including Julian de Cordova, Josiah, a fine art connoisseur and museum founder, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and K. Lilly Jr., who’s known for the Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals. The artist’s ability to transform a common scene of ancient times into a modern t and vibrant one, earned him financial and critical success during his lifetime. Smith was influenced by his surroundings and loved art from a tender age. From that early age, rendered in paper and pencil his encounters with the natural environment in the family’s backyard.