LAUREL — Artist Theodore Waddell is presenting the original oil and graphite work, "Evening Sheep," to Laurel High School next month.
Waddell, a Laurel native, will present the work during a March 22 ceremony. It will be permanently installed in the Depot of Laurel High School.
Waddell's work is in permanent collections across the world, including Apple Computer Inc., Carnation Co., Frito-Lay, Marriott and other companies. Actor Robert Redford and musician Ringo Starr own some of Waddell's works.
Waddell's paintings also hang in the Boise Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Art.
Waddell graduated from Laurel High School in 1959. His art appreciation was fostered by his father, although Waddell did not study art in high school because it was not offered. However, art was a natural talent, as his friend Marshall Walton —- the original owner of "Evening Sheep" — said, “Ted always attached drawings to his correspondence.”
Waddell’s formal art training began at Eastern Montana College, where he studied under Isabelle Johnson. In 1962, he received a scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum of Art School.
Upon being drafted into the Army, Waddell played trumpet with a touring military band for two years. He later returned to Billings to complete his education at Eastern where he graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in education.
He became a professor of drawing and sculpture at the University of Montana from 1968 to 1976.
Returning to the Billings area, Waddell managed a ranch north of Laurel owned by relatives of his wife, the former Betty Leuthold. Summers he worked the cattle and crops, but during the winter he had time to create. Many of his works depict horses or black Angus cattle surviving in the Montana snow.
Waddell left ranching in 1995 and has a home and studio in Sheridan. He also has a home and two studios in Hailey, Idaho.