Learning the Oweekeno and Kwakwaka'wakw style from his father Harris Smith, Steve Smith started carving and painting at a young age. Using these traditional techniques, Smith developed his own distinct style, comprising original paintings, sculptures, masks, limited edition prints, etched glass, totem poles and drums.
Smith's work has been featured in several major exhibitions across North America, and has been purchased by collectors around the world. In 2005, Smith was featured in the 'Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2' exhibition that opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, in 2006 Smith created two public works for the City of Vancouver's 'Spirit Bears in the City' project. His work was included in the Burke Museum's 'In the Spirit of Our Ancestors' exhibition, in Seattle in 2007 and the year after he received two major commissions for works to be placed in the Vancouver International Airport.