Terry Isaac's Art

About Terry

Terry Isaac

With Saturday Evening Post cover, January 2018

Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist, Terry Isaac, grew up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, and it is there that he began his love affair with wildlife. Drawing inspiration from his own backyard and from the captivating vistas of the Northwest, he began to create dramatic wildlife art. He now calls Penticton, British Columbia, Canada “home” and, since moving, has continued to create paintings capturing unique characteristics of wildlife and their habitat. Terry travels around the world to capture exciting images, but his main painting focus continues to be on North American birds and mammals.

Terry’s formal art began with an interest in animation and drawing cartoons. After art college, he was interested in children’s book illustration but soon re-discovered his childhood passion for wildlife. Since the mid 1980’s, he has created realistic wildlife art with a focus on particularity and dramatic light. He is inspired by large panoramas as well as close-up views, and by subjects ranging from whales to hummingbirds.

During his successful professional career Terry has been the featured “Artist of the Year” at a number of prestigious art shows/expos, placed in 12 stamp and print competitions, been commissioned to create for the Audubon Society handbooks and hired to develop the 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. His paintings have appeared for sale and re-sale at Christies Auction House, London, England.

Isaac continues to participate in several important art competitions, including Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s prestigious “Birds in Art” exhibition, in which his art will have been featured 14 times and the Society of Animal Artists annual exhibition. He is invited to participate in a number of prominent gallery art shows on an annual basis.  Terry is a longtime member of  Artists for Conservation and Society of  Animal Artists.  He donates regularly to many not-for-profit charities as well.

Terry Isaac - teaching
Terry Isaac – teaching

Terry is an accomplished teacher, and his approach to painting is outlined in his own 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 two DVDs, “Painting Wildlife in Acrylic”  and “Paint Like a Pro –  Concept to Completion“(Creative Catalyst). Terry’s art has also been featured in several other books, “Painting Birds Step by Step” (cover/North Light Books, 1996), “The Best of Wildlife Art” (cover/North Light Books, 1997), and “More Wildlife Painting Techniques of Modern Masters” (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1996).  His most recent publication was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, featuring Winter Warrior, on the January 2018 edition. Terry continues to teach annual workshops, with students attending from all over the world.

Demand for Terry’s originals has remained high, due to his detailed technique of painting which is so impressive. The majority of Terry’s work is limited edition prints which sell out quickly and sought out by collectors. 

In Terry’s spare time, he is a songwriter, accomplished guitarist and singer, performing throughout the Okanagan Valley.  

Spirits of the Sky by Terry Isaac