For as long as he can remember, Tony Smith has had a passion for motor racing... long before he cycled from Birmingham to Silverstone in 1948 to see his first Grand Prix, he became completely enamored with the sport. Given a choice of model in art school - a racing car would always be his first and favorite.
After graduating from art school with honours and distinction his early career encompassed graphic design and illustration in the advertising world, but, his first and greatest love remained painting - which he pursued with a passion in the evenings and weekends.
Tony''s subjects have varied from portrait painting and drawing to planes, trains and military scenes, but it is the challenge of capturing speed in motor racing that occupies most of his time, be it historic events or modern F1.
Another of his passions is working on cars and Tony converted a sprint car for road use before he was old enough to hold a driving licence. Today, he still builds sports cars. Combining his two loves, cars and painting, allows Tony to produce the unique masterpieces in motion that we associate with the name Tony Smith.
Since the sad death of his fellow artist and colleague, Terence Cuneo, he has introduced a small "trademark" animal into his own paintings. It is not the famous Cuneo Mouse, but a small and sometimes animated teddy bear, named Bertie.