Terry Redlin’s interest in the out-of-doors can be traced to his childhood in Watertown, South Dakota. A motorcycle accident ended his dream of becoming a forest ranger, and he opted to pursue a career in graphic arts. He earned a degree from the St. Paul School of Associated Arts and spent 25 years working in commercial art as layout artist, graphic designer, illustrator and art director.
In 1977, at the age of 40, Redlin burst onto the wildlife scene when his painting “Winter Snows” appeared on the cover of The Farmer magazine. By 1979, demand for his work had become so great that he left his art directing career to concentrate on painting wildlife.
In 1981 and 1984, he won the Minnesota Duck Stamp competition, and in 1982, the Minnesota Trout Stamp contest. He also placed second that year in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition. He was honored in 1983 as the Artist of the Year for Ducks Unlimited (National and Minnesota). In 1986, he was named Conservationist of the Year-Magnum Donor by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association for his gifts of entire print editions.
In 1985, Redlin added an entirely new artistic direction, limited edition collector plates. In 1988, 1989 and 1991, the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers presented him the “Lithograph of the Year” award for excellence in the medium.
In 1987, Redlin began exploring his interest in Americana subjects and nostalgic scenes of yesterday. Honors include being named America’s Most Popular Artist by U.S. ART magazine (March, 1993); his induction into U.S. Art magazine's Hall of Fame in July 1992; and a U.S. Art magazine gallery poll which placed five of Redlin’s limited editions in the top 11 in popularity in 1991. In 1992, he completed his most ambitious work to date, painting each line in the first stanza of “America the Beautiful”.
Redlin’s immense popularity can also be measured in the success of his book, Opening Windows to the Wild, The Art of Terry Redlin. In its fifth printing, the book details his paintings, pencil sketches and biography. A critical as well as a commercial success, the book was a Certificate of Merit winner at the prestigious Printing Industries of America competition in 1988.