About the Artists

Bernie Smith

Bernie started hunting following his father hunting pheasants. They spent many seasons pursuing upland birds, big game and fishing. He spent his teenage years hunting, fishing, and running a trap line along the Yellowstone River in Shepherd Montana. After graduating from Shepherd High School he earned Bachelors degree in Biology with minors in Earth Science and Chemistry from Eastern Montana College in 1985. He earned a masters degree from Montana State University in Bozeman Montana in Science Science Education in 2005. Bernie received taxidermy training at Montana School of Taxidermy in Helena Montana in 2007.  He has taught Science at the secondary level for 19 years and is currently teaching at Colstrip High School in Colstrip Montana.

Dorothy Smith

Dorothy grew up on a farm in Geraldine Montana, near the Missouri River. After graduating from High School in Geraldine she went to school at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana, earning a Bachelors degree in Science and Mathematics in 1977. She earned her Masters degree in Science Science Education from Montana State University in 2005. She currently teaches Math and Chemistry at Colstrip High School. In her free time she loves to garden native plants at their home in White Sulphur Springs Montana. She also enjoys studying the unique geologic features in Montana and occasional fly-fishing when time allows.