Portraying wildlife textures

Terry Isaac - the-denizen-of-the-fallsInternationally acclaimed wildlife artist, Terry Isaac, will be joining Sun Peaks’ Art Zone July 12 and 13 to teach his technique of creating animal textures through acrylics.

Originally enthralled by animation and hoping to become a Walt Disney cartoonist, Isaac’s interest in art started as a young boy. It wasn’t long until a high school art teacher taught him to draw what he saw, and thus the transition from cartoon to the real world lead him on a lifelong path of teaching and creating realist art.

“I enjoy teaching and there’s lots of artists who don’t have a teaching background, so I think it puts me in a unique position that I have the formal art education background — which would include art history, design, composition and uses of variety of materials,” explains Isaac. “But I’ve also been a practising artist on the front lines for 30 years and so I have the experience of being a professional artist on top of being a professional teacher.”

Isaac, having never been to Sun Peaks, is excited to showcase his art and teach is technique to the community. He will be attending a Meet the Artist reception on Friday, July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cahilty Lodge followed by a two day workshop where he will focus on teaching the students how to portray animal textures.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to teach (in Sun Peaks),” says Isaac. “(In) this particular workshop, I’m going to focus on animal textures and really show the students how to make their fur or feathers or antlers or beaks or bills look as real as we can make them and really analyze the texture of how to create the illusion of animal surfaces.”

Isaac also emphasizes that students don’t have to be amazing artists to join the class as his teaching style caters to all levels, from beginners to advanced students.