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Quest for the West artist Terry Isaac

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 2015

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Terry Isaac.
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Terry Isaac
Born 1958, in Salem, Oregon; lives in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

            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 nature.  Drawing inspiration from his own backyard and from the captivating vistas of the West, he began to create dramatic wildlife art. 

After gaining a degree in art education, Terry was a teacher until a chance meeting with legendary wildlife artist Robert Bateman in the 1980s helped launch his professional career.  Since then he has strived to capture “magical moments in nature” that appear with the right lighting, color, and atmospheric conditions.  He is inspired by large dramatic panoramas as well as close-up views of animal behavior.  Although there is plenty to paint around his new home base in British Columbia, he travels widely to seek out those transitory moments.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
    Ducks Unlimited Canada, National Art Portfolio
2012    Ducks Unlimited Canada, National Art Portfolio
2011    Ducks Unlimited Canada, National Art Portfolio
2008    St. George Art Museum, Century of Sanctuary Show, Jurors Award
1998    Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Artist of the Year
1991    New York Duck Stamp, Winning Artist

Society of Animal Artists
Western Artists of America
Artists For Conservation

    Wild about Babies, Harvest House Publishers
1998    Terry Isaac: Painting the Drama of Wildlife Step by Step, North Light Books
1998    Painting Birds Step by Step, North Light Books
1997    The Best of Wildlife Art, North Light Books

Gallery Representation:
Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming
Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma

2015, acrylic, 48 x 18 inches

One of the things I enjoy about living in British Columbia is seeing First Nations artworks. I am particularly fond of totem poles. I saw this one in a small village called Klemtu, located in the Great Bear Rainforest on the coast of B.C. Ravens have a lot of significance in myths and legends of First Nations people. I thought it appropriate to place him on the top, calling out as if he were telling his story.


Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

  $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

$450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)


For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.


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