Artist Terry Isaac is a native Northwesterner, living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean. Isaac paints the wildlife and landscapes of North America. Although he received a formal art education, graduating with honors, Isaac believes that his best training has come from being outdoors and from studying the work of his favorite wildlife artists.
Isaac particularly admires the art of 19th century painters Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, who painted the dramatic light and landscapes of the West. Isaac, painting predominantly in acrylics, strives to capture not only the characteristics of his wildlife subjects but also the light that surrounds them. He takes a great deal of care to depict both his subjects and their habitats with accuracy.
Isaac has been selected to participate in several important art exhibitions, including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s prestigious “Birds in Art” exhibitions. He was also commissioned to produce 14 waterfowl drawings for the Audubon Bird Handbook, published in 1987, and is author of Painting the Drama of Wildlife Step by Step, published by North Light Books.
A collector favorite, Isaac has been chosen as winner of the People’s Choice Award at galleries in North Carolina and Ohio. He was a Special Guest Artist at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in 2000 and was named Artist of the Year in 1998 at both the Florida Wildlife Expo and Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show. In 1999 he was named a Friend of the National Zoo as Artist of the Year. Hired as a visual consultant, Isaac helped to create the concept art for the main character in the Disney movie, Dinosaur.