Gail Severn Gallery

Theodore Waddell


The heart and hand needed to create a strong American painting is not limited to those living east of the Mississippi. It is a product of endless work, self-evaluation, and the courage to allow one's paintings to evolve. It demands the marriage of the artist's lifestyle and his work. Theodore Waddell exemplifies this definition. His enthusiasm and lifestyle are reflected in the way he works and the imagery he uses.


Waddell's paintings are a combination of rough marks; thick paint; transparent elegant strokes; and, on a few occasions a slow, hard line scratched into the canvas. You can feel the movement of the paint throughout the paintings but the subjects are frozen. They are not frozen as a stagnant object but captured as a solitary image. Captured, interpreted and enveloped in the landscape. They are carved out of, or laid onto the green and grey-yellow of the spring and summer, or the white canopy of winter. And sometimes there are ghosts in the paintings, the faint image of what has changed in the piece or decays in the pasture. These ghosts refer to Waddell's interest in life and death and our own mortality. They are metaphors for the struggle and change that is constant in life. In his artist's statement he says, "The understanding of death brings about a feeling of wonderfulness and appreciation of life and just how fragile and magical it all is."


Whether Waddell is studying the changing seasons, animals as individuals, or the later figures, one can see his magic in his reverence for nature and celebration of paint. He is a painter's painter: strong hearted, sure handed and high spirited.


Therefore, if I must categorize Waddell, he will live in the ranks of American painters and not be limited to the confines of the western artist.


Jennifer Complo,

McNutt Curator of Contemporary Art,
Eiteljorg Museum


Interview in conjunction with Waddell's exhibition at the Amarillo Museum of Art - Theodore Waddell: For Love of the Horse from May 19 - August 5, 2012 by Victoria Taylor-Gore. Click on Image

Permanent Collections


Robert Redford

Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT

Safeco, Seattle, WA

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA

Sheldon Memorial Museum, Lincoln, NE

Sierra Pacific Power, Reno, NE

Spencer Museum of Art

Springfield Art Museum

Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA

Topeka Public Library, Topeka, KS

Tucson Museum, Tucson, AZ

United Airlines, Chicago, IL

United Missouri Bank, Kansas City, MO

University Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

University of Kansas, School of Arts, Lawrence, KS

University of Nevada, Reno, NV

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

University of North Dakota, Fargo, ND

University of Texas, Austin, TX

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT


Art In Embassies

2014 U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya

2012  U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia

2010  U.S. Embassy, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia

2009  U. S. Ambassadorial Residence, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2006 U.S. Embassy, Almaty, Kazakhstan

U.S. Embassy Residence, Lome, Togo, West Africa

U.S. Embassy, Johannesburg, South Africa

2004 U.S. Ambassadorial Residence, Stockholm, Sweden

2000 U.S. Ambassadorial Residence, Niamey, Niger

1999 U.S. Ambassadorial Residence, Lusaka, Zambia

Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT

International Business Machines

John Moran Eye Institute, Salt Lake City, UT

Kohler Art Center, Sheyboygan, WI

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Marriott Corporation, San Antonio, TX

Merck Corporation, West Point, PA

Michener Collection, Austin, TX

Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA

Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT

Mobil Oil, New York, NY

Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS

Museum of Art & Culture, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, CA

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY

Nestles Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WY

Nordstrom, Seattle, WA

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery, Fargo, ND

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA

Oats Park Art Center, Fallon, NV

Omaha National Bank, Omaha, NE

Palm Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Paris Gibson Museum, Great Falls, MT

Pillsbury Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Portland Art Museum

Progressive Corporation, Pepper Pike, OH

Quad Graphics, West Allis, WI

Rayovac Corporation, Madison, WI

Ringo Starr


Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX

Apple Computer, Inc., Saratoga, CA

Arco Corporation, Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA

Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID

Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Bank of America, San Francisco, CA

Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Cody, WY

Carnation Company, Los Angeles, CA

Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA

Citadel Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ

Clorox Corporation, San Francisco, CA

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Custer County Art Center, Miles City, AZ

Dallas Museum of Art

Dennos Museum of Art, Traverse City, MI

Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO

Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

Eureka Opera House, Eureka, NV

Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, MN and Helena, MT

Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO

First Interstate Bank, Las Vegas, NV

Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Frederick R. Weisman, Company, Los Angeles, CA

Frito-Lay Corporation, Dallas, TX

Goddard Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ardmore, OK

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Hallie Ford Museum of Art-Willamette University, Salem, OR

Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO

Hallmark Corporation, Kansas City, KS

Harrah’s Enterprises, Reno, NV

Hockaday Museum, Kalispell, MT


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