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For over five decades, Theodore Waddell has pursued his passion for art. With careers as a professor of art and rancher, his current work reflects the influences of these two professions. His abstract impressionistic rendering of real subject matter reflect the American experience of living in the West and his love of the land, and his work draws the viewer into that world.
Born in Billings, Montana in 1941 and raised in nearby Laurel, Theodore Waddell studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in Brooklyn, New York in 1962-63; received a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Montana College in 1966 where he studied with Isabelle Johnson; and in 1968 received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Printmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After returning to Montana from Michigan in 1968, Waddell joined the University of Montana’s Art Faculty where he taught until 1976. After leaving teaching in 1976, Waddell worked full-time as a rancher and artist, first managing a ranch outside Molt, and later a ranch west of Ryegate. Montana. Waddell’s career took off in 1983 when he was invited to exhibit his work in the prestigious Corcoran Biennial 38th Survey of American Art. In 2004 he was honored at the White House for his collection of paintings in various U.S. Embassies. Waddell’s work is currently on display in Nairobi, Kenya and Beijing, China.
Today, Waddell divides his time between his ranches and studios in Sheridan, Montana and Hailey, Idaho where he lives with his wife, writer and photographer Lynn Campion. In these settings, he continues to paint almost daily. His works are found in private and corporate collections throughout the world, and are currently exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the west.