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Meadowlark Festival Feature Artist | Terry Isaac


Growing up in northwest Oregon, Terry Isaac’s childhood playground was the picturesque Willamette Valley and it was here that Terry discovered his lifelong appreciation of wildlife and the natural environment. Early on in his education Terry became aware of the symbiotic relationship between the landscape and the creatures which inhabit it and this indelible impression formed the foundation on which his illustrious career has since been built. Like many young artists, Terry’s early art education grew out of his interest in animation, cartooning and children’s book illustration. Upon graduation Terry quickly rediscovered his childhood passion for wildlife and landscape and since the mid 1980s, he has devoted himself to the documentation and celebration of the natural world and the creatures which inhabit it with a particular focus on dramatic light. He is equally inspired by large expansive panoramas as well as close-up intimate views celebrating a diverse range of subjects from whales to hummingbirds. Over the past 25 years he has firmly established himself as a leader in his field garnering international fame and recognition for his photo realistic paintings.

During his successful professional career Terry has been the featured “Artist of the Year” at a number of prestigious art shows/expos, has placed in stamp and print competitions, has been commissioned to create the Audubon Society handbooks and has developed a main character in a Walt Disney production. His works are housed in prominent permanent collections such as Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Bennington Center for the Arts, American Airlines, First National Bank of South Africa and in many private and corporate collections around the world.

Terry is an accomplished teacher and his approach to painting is outlined in his book,  Painting the Drama of Wildlife, Step by Step now in its second edition (North Light Books, 1998). The book’s success led to the creation of a DVD, Painting Wildlife in Acrylic(Creative Catalyst, 2005). Terry’s art has also been featured in several other publications.  Terry now calls Penticton home and continues to teach annual workshops and paint in his studio gallery.

The 16th annual Meadowlark Nature Festival takes place from May 16th to 20th under the banner of Sustainable Land Use. The festival is designed to be fun and informative for people of all ages and abilities. The classic event is a guided foray into the special environs of the South Okanagan Similkameen, from Canada’s unique desert to the alpine meadows high above the Okanagan Lake. But the schedule offers something for everyone from guided walks and bike rides, indigenous cultural tours, canoe trips, bird watching, horseback riding, geology and history tours, art exhibits, starry nights, nature photography, green buildings and much more.  For more information and a complete schedule of events please visit their website at: http://www.meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca/