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Terry Redlin

Few artists can rival the standards of excellence achieved by Master Artist Terry Redlin over the past 20 years. He is truly one of the country’s most widely collected painters of wildlife and Americana. For nine consecutive years, 1991-99, Redlin has been named America’s most popular artist in annual gallery surveys conducted by U.S.ART magazine. His induction in to U.S.ART’s Hall of Fame in 1992 followed the magazine’s poll of 900 galleries nationwide which that year, placed five of Redlin’s limited editions in the top 11 in popularity. Over the life of the poll, 30 prints have been included in that list. His use of earthy colors, blazing sunrises and sunsets and nostalgic themes are often cited as the reasons for his immense popularity.

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In many ways small towns are alike. One of the most common similarities is the big house on the hill. On the highest point of land lives the town's banker, doctor, pioneer land owner or other prominent person. And often this residence is an active social center for the community. Such a story is recounted in this painting, a familiar remembrance from the artist's small town background. All the lights in the big house have been turned on, a sign of welcome for arriving guests. The dog knows from experience that when this happens company is expected, and he waits on the road with anticipation. Below the big house we see other familiar small town sights-the square, the church and, barely visible behind the house, the school building. The romantic spell of this cold and hazy evening is intensified by the glowing lights, and we can be readily transported back to an era when one took the time to get to know their neighbors.