1973 was a pivotal year for this artist who was a sophomore at the time and very much influenced by his high school art teacher. Nine years after he graduated, his teacher was unable to attend an art workshop for which she had registered so she asked her former student if he would like to attend. The year was 1987. The workshop instructor was Robert Bateman. And the art student ? His name is Terry Isaac, and in 1988 Mill Pond Press began to publish his art.
Artist Terry Isaac is a native Northwesterner, living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon between the Cascade Mountains and The Pacific Ocean. Isaac paints the wildlife and landscapes of North America. Although Isaac received a formal art education, graduating with honors, he believes his best training has come from being outdoors and from studying the work of his favorite wildlife artists. Painting predominately in acrylics he strives to not only capture the characteristics of his wildlife subjects, but the light that surrounds them. He takes a great deal of care to depict both subjects and their habitats with accuracy. In the last few years Isaac has placed in 12 stamp design competitions.
He enjoys participating in these state and national fish and waterfowl stamp and print competitons because they require high standards of painting technique, design, animal anatomy and habitat. Isaac feels these competitions have sharpened his skills and have given him the opportunity to compete with the nations best wildlife artists. Isaac has been selected to participate in several important art exhibitions including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's prestigious 'Birds in Art' exhibitions. Isaac was also 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.