Memories of Childhood

by Theodore Waddell

illustrations by Theodore Waddell

published by Bar R Books

  • Ted Waddell was born and raised in Laurel, Montana, a small railroad community west of Billings. His new book, Memories of Childhood, tells of an idyllic rural childhood with caring parents, close friends, farm animals, and numerous boyhood adventures. Before cell phones and video games, growing up in the west required exploration fueled by imagination. Nature played a major role as a fertile playground and a stern teacher. The humble stories relate lessons learned in the joys and heartaches of growing up in a rural environment. Waddell recalls a simpler life, although not necessarily an easier one, as young boy he worked many colorful jobs for low wages. The fourteen playful illustrations in the book are splendidly populated with chickens and cows, boys and dogs, threshing machines and tractors. Readers will find a common thread in these Montana memories of hunting and fishing, farm choirs and fall harvest. Parents, and particularly grandparents, will enjoy reading these stories to young people. Memories of Childhood is a book of memories worth sharing. Collectors of Ted Waddellís paintings, prints and other books will enjoy this addition if this thoughtful boyhood memoir.



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Born in Billings, Montana in 1941, Theodore Waddell studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York in 1962-63 and received a bachelorís degree from Eastern Montana College in 1966. In 1968 he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Printmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 1968, Waddell joined the University of Montana's Art Faculty and retired from teaching in 1976. Soon after, he began working in Montana as a rancher and artist, and his current work reflects the influences of these two professions. His art career took off in 1983 when he was invited to exhibit his work in the prestigious Corcoran Biennial 38th Survey of American Art. In 2004 he was honored at the White House for his work with the U.S. State departmentís Art in Embassies program which exhibits his work in various U.S. Embassies around the world.

Waddellís abstract impressionistic rendering of real subject matter reflects the American experience of living in the West and his love of the land. His work is found in private and corporate collections throughout the world and is currently exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the western United States. He is a past recipient of the state of Montanaís Governorís Arts Award, and in 2015 he received Artist of the Year honors from the Yellowstone Art Museum. In 2017 a major retrospective celebrating his career, Theodore Waddell: My Montana was published by Riverbend Publishing.

Today, Waddell and his wife Lynn Campion divide their time between homes in Sheridan, Montana and Hailey, Idaho, and Mr. Waddell continues to paint most every day. In his spare time, he creates beautifully illustrated books featuring his beloved Bernese Mountain dogs, his passion for the game of golf and tales of his Montana childhood and ranching years.


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