Howard Terpning built a successful career in advertising illustration, gave it up to become a Western painter, and in just a few years has done almost everything there is to do in Western Art. "Convincing" ..."believable"...that's how people describe his work. He has the remarkable ability to make a scene come to life for the viewer - evenif it took place a hundred years ago.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, and educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the American Academy of Art, Terpning went the apprentice route to work his way to New York and big-time commercial illustration. Movie assignments included The Guns of Navarone, Dr. Zhivago, A Man for All Seasons, The Sound of Music and Cleopatra. He did covers for Time, Newsweek, The Reader's Digest and other magazines. But those who knew his work best told him it deserved to be in museums, not magazines.
So he headed west, for Tucson, and like those a century before him, he blazed a new trail to success. Just three years after that move, in 1979, he was elected to the National Academy of Western Art, and the same year, byunanimous vote, to the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America.
In 1980, Howard was awarded the National Academy's Gold Medal for his outstanding exhibition in oil, and the same year at the Cowboy Artists of America's 15th Annual Exhibition, he took four major prizes: The Men's Arts Council award; The Colt Award, and two Silver Awards, one for oil and one for drawing.
The rest is history still in the making....