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From childhood pets to caring for animals during the nine years spent working at a veterinary clinic, animals have always been an important part of Heidi Krueger's life.
As a child, she would spend countless hours sketching horses, birds, and rodents. She even made a "book" of birds, drawn on newsprint with markers and stapled together when she was eight.
A life long Wisconsin resident, Heidi is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in fine art.
Heidi works primarily in pencil on paper, using a variety of toned papers as well as traditional white in drawing mostly North American and African wildlife. Her drawings on toned paper are kept simplistic, usually the only subject being the animal.
In a time where people multi-task, spend to much time rushing from place to place, forever in hurry, there is a calmness in her portrayal of one image, the animals which she dearly loves.
Heidi's work has been exhibited in various juried and non-juried shows around the country.
Terry Maddox grew up on a ranch in southern Oregon's Rogue Valley. He attended the University of Oregon, where he majored in geology in the mid 1950s.
Terry has been creating pencil drawings in his unique, self-taught style since the fall of 1975. The same hand-eye coordination which led to a successful career in both high school and college baseball, enables him to add vivid detail and depth which characterizes his pencil drawings.
Although his subjects vary, the great outdoors is a recurring theme. His drawings, which at first appear to be photographic images, have a unique softness that sets them apart from other drawings. The original drawings are black and white; however, many of the lithographic reproductions are individually watercolor-tinted to add a completely new dimension. He has completed hundreds of drawings with more than 150 in print.
Terry appears at numerous prestigious art shows and festivals throughout the West, where his works have frequently won top honors. He placed in the National Parks "Art in the Parks Top 100" in 1988 and 1989. Terry's drawings and watercolor tints are found in homes, restaurants and collections throughout the world.
Raising a family didn't afford the possibility of taking classes, so Virgil started reading books and studying paintings by famous artist and well known teachers in his spare time. Common sense convinced him the high cost of canvas and paint was money better spent elsewhere and he eventually wound up with a pencil in his hand and spent the early part of his career concentrating on fine pencil drawings.
Virgil was born with an ability to look at things more closely than his friends did, and growing up around, on top of and under horses, calves, ponies, chickens, pups and kittens, and a plethora of other non-descript mammals & unidentifiable insects, allowed him to store up details about anatomy that were more accurate than any information obtained from books.
His family processed their own meat and poultry, and he was weaned on cows milk straight from the udder and strained through a part of the screen left over from the back porch door. Deer and elk were plentiful and there was never a shortage of venison in the freezer. There were many times when saddling up to gather cattle, Virgil would stuff a camera in the saddle bags along with a can of Vienna sausages and a roll of T.P. so as not to miss an opportunity to capture a Kodak moment whenever the chance afforded itself.
Because of those times Virgil now has an extensive photographic library of cows, horses, wildlife, women and children (having two daughters and two sons), rodeo cowboys of questionable character, and other unique situations categorized in order of subject matter to draw upon when creating a piece of artwork. Although his unique imagery covers a wide range of subject matter from Native Americans and cowboys to domestic animals and wildlife, he remains true to his heritage by portraying only what he knows from first hand experience. "I love to tell stories through my art and who knows my story better than me?" he explains.
In 1992 he started sculpting in clay and has now added a line of limited edition bronze sculptures, ranging in concept from ultra-realism to stylized and in 2004 Virgil moved into the world of conte drawings & oils, as a result of studying under master painter and teacher Lou Maestas.
2005 brought an expansion into the world of musical art. Virgil grew up with music and played piano in his local church. He found whimsical music scenes allowed him to unwind and unravel on occasion from the tightness of realism.
Many times over the years Virgil has been asked to teach art, and has successfully added drawing workshops, for portraiture, horses, and also oil rub-out to an already busy schedule. The emphasis of the workshops are to teach how to “see” with the mind’s eye which in turn creates better artwork in drawing or painting. “There is just too much bad art out there because artists didn’t learn how to draw before they picked up a brush, and it’s my goal in some small way to change that.” says Virgil.