Alfred Smith was born and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Alfred has always been interested in art. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and design. He was a graduate assistant to famed Mexican artist, Amelio Amero. Alfred worked as a graphic artist, art director, and art instructor, while continuing to work on his painting and printmaking. Since his retirement as a Senior Artist from the University of California, he works full time on his personal art. He works in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, various drawing materials, and etching and lithography. Alfred has received numerous awards and is included in collections from California to New York, Michigan to Texas.