Theodore Waddell

Tucker Tee's Off, 2015
8.75 x 11.75 in
Tucker Tees Off is the third book in a series about dogs. This time, Tucker is joined by other dogs and various creatures on the golf course. Woven throughout the 25 pages of Theodore Waddell’s illustrations are rhymes and poems related to golf. Tips and quips accompany Tucker in his quest to finish all 18 holes during the Intermountain golf season. Lynn Campion and nationally recognized PGA Pro Stoney Brown add the humorous yet serious dialogue of lessons that every age can enjoy. ISBN: 978-0692530825 61 Pages

ABout the Artist

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



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