Terry Pyles was born in Seattle, Washington in 1957 and had his first
art lesson at age 3 in a program for gifted children at the University
of Washington. His parents provided ample encouragement with art
supplies and periodic private lessons throughout his elementary school
years. His family moved to rural Whidbey Island when he was 12. At tiny
Coupeville Jr./Sr. high school, an art class didn't exist for lack of
a budget until his Sophomore year. Never the less, the schools
new art teacher, Dave Foss, in only a couple of years would turn out
instrumental in Pyles' diversity as an artist.
"He (Foss) taught everything from painting to lost wax casting and
everything in between. I consider my renaissance approach to art
heavily influenced by him and by my dad who taught me I could do
anything I put my mind to".
In 1975, after graduating from high school, Terry moved to Alaska and became
a licensed guide. His experience in the outdoors and time spent living
in remote wilderness locations give him an edge when it comes to portraying
the Alaskan environment in a realistic fashion.
Terry is best known for his paintings of Alaskan wildlife but he is
equally skilled in landscape, marine and aviation subjects. Applications
of his work can be found on phone books, credit cards, tiles, T-shirts,
mugs, limited edition prints, puzzles, cross stitch patterns, wall
calendars and more. His paintings are collected internationally and
he has won several local, and national awards for his artwork.
Pyles is truly a "renaissance" artist. He not only paints
but sculpts in fiberglass, epoxy, wood and many other materials. He also works in ceramics, stained glass, computer
graphics, lampwork and glass beads. Building furniture, fishing and golf are some of his hobbies.
Terry and his wife, Cheri, own and operate Dockside Gallery and their two other small businesses,
The Bead Shoppe and Royal Tea Company in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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