Dan was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received both a BFA in Painting and a MAEd in Art Education from the University of Georgia. Dan aka See Dan Paint, is known for a cartoonish pop art style of painting that draws heavily on influences from the Saturday morning cartoons of his childhood, punk rock culture, and the art of skateboards. Spontaneous Monsterfication is a technique that Smith developed that utilizes spontaneously painted cartoon and monster faces to enhance open areas in his paintings through a jigsaw arrangement of shapes and faces. He is currently an artist, an elementary school art teacher, and a PhD student who resides in Athens, Georgia with his wife and two daughters.