Today most people think of Howard Terpning as one of America's premier western art painters. Terpning's prints and paintings can be seen at various art gallery websites... his originals have sold for over a million dollars. But long before his success as a cowboy painter, Howard Terpning was one of the best of the mid-century magazine illustrators.
Terpning had a distinctive painting style that I find very exciting and attractive. It must have appealed to magazine art directors of the time as well... Terpning's work appeared regularly in many popular magazines during his time working in New York in the 1960s.
SwoyersArt.com has a very thorough biography of Terpning, which makes for interesting reading - I encourage you to take a look.
As I continue to focus on my summer plein air painting, I'll just share some early Terpning artwork with you and keep the words to a minimum. Enjoy!
* My thanks to Harold Henriksen for providing many of today's scans!