Artist Terry Widener

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Drawing and painting has always been a part of my life so it was natural for me to have a career in art. As a child when I would visit my grandparents I saw the paintings my grandfather, a housepainter, had done using ordinary house paint. I have drawn as long as I can remember and my fascination with his paintings led me to study art from elementary school through college, earning a BFA from the University of Tulsa majoring in graphic design. After college I, like many other young people, had a decision to make about my career. I had attended college on a golf scholarship and had an opportunity to turn professional. But at the same time I had an offer to work as a graphic designer at an advertising agency. As much as I loved golf, I chose the latter. After working several years in the graphic design field I turned my attention to illustration and in 1979 I attended the Illustrators Workshop. It was here that I was introduced to the works of the illustrators of the Golden Age and visited the studios of two of the Workshop faculty, Bernie Fuchs and Bob Peak. In the past forty years I have worked as an illustrator in editorial, corporate, advertising and children’s picture books. My illustration work is in the collections of national and international corporations, private collectors and museums and has received numerous awards and recognitions. 
Born and raised in Oklahoma, I have an appreciation of Native American culture and a love of nature. Recently I returned to studio painting, oil and acrylic, with a focus on landscape, Native American and Western images. I enjoy painting a variety of images instead of one specific subject. After being an illustrator for forty-plus years and working on so many different [...]

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