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Terry Avon Redlin (born July 11, 1937) is an American artist popular for painting outdoor themes and wildlife, often pictured in twilight, as widely collected as prints. For eight consecutive years, 1991 through 1998, Redlin was named America's Most Popular Artist in annual gallery surveys conducted by U.S. Art magazine.
Early life and career
Redlin was born and raised in Watertown, South Dakota. He earned a degree from the St. Paul School of Associated Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spent 25 years working in commercial art as a layout artist, graphic designer, illustrator and art director.
Redlin's painting "Winter Snows" appeared on the cover of The Farmer magazine in 1977. Two years later, he left his job as a commercial artist to paint full-time until his abrupt retirement in 2007 when Redlin was placed in a nursing home due to complications with Alzheimer's disease. It is speculated that his use of lead-based paint was a contributing factor to the onset of his alzheimer's disease.
In 1997, the Redlin Art Center in Watertown is devoted to his works. The Art Center is visible from Interstate 29 and is an impressive structure. The Terry Redlin Elementary School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was named in his honor.
In 1956, he married Helene Marie Langenfeld when they were both only 19 years old and together they have three children. In the late 2000's, Terry was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and is currently residing in a Watertown Nursing Home.
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