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Terry Redlin's "American Portrait Series"
A Collection of Heartfelt Firsts

The first time Redlin's new series, American Portraits, 18" x 32", was viewed was in August of 2004 at his museum in Watertown, SD. A special two day event was held to display the paintings for the first time. The collection had been in the works since 1995. Inspired by the artists’ personal experiences. The paintings capture the emotion of seven “heartfelt firsts.” 

Together, these individual paintings create “An American Portrait” Series. 
    Redlin commented, "This collection of paintings was one of the most technically demanding projects of my career. The coordination of all of the paintings, the consistency of each of the continuous elements, the lighting of each individual scene, and the creation of this boy's life - this family's life - made the collection of paintings an extremely difficult challenge. The 'heartfelt firsts' within 'An American Portrait' were built around my own personal experiences, but the setting in which they take place was not based on an actual location, rather my imagination. It is a tribute to America. It is my way of honoring Servicemen and Servicewomen, Veterans, and the families who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom."
Terry Redlin Limited Edition art printThe limited edition prints are a signed and numbered (s/n) series. Prices vary by availability of the prints. Matched number sets are available.  Prints are frame in a hardwood complemented by a color coordinated double mat, glass, backing, and hanger to finish the framing package.
Terry Redlin Limited Edition art printTo order, call 507-223-5721, or, use our email order form to purchase one or more of the prints in this series. We'll call you back to finalize your choice of framing. We take Visa, Master Card and Discover Card. Your print will be on it's way as soon as it is framed.
autumn shoreline Two books, The Art of Terry Redlin: Opening Windows to the Wild& Art of Terry Redlin: Master of Memories, have been published containing many of Redlin's paintings. You can enjoy reading either of these titles again and again. They make great Christmas gift choices though we have sold copies for other gift occasions like: Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and retirement gifts.

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"His First Friend" - American Portrait - Terry Redlin

"Mother and Child Experience the Excitement and Happiness of a New Friend and Home"
August 2004

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"His First Friend"
by Terry Redlin


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We embark on a journey through the life of a young American boy and his family. As we step into the world Terry Redlin has created for them, we are aware that the paintings are compilations of experiences many of us have shared. The story begins with the American dream of home ownership. Today, this young family is moving from the farm into town. They purchased a “fixer-upper”. The old house needs some tender love and care; but for now, it is moving day. As they unpack the truck, they are filled with promise. This is the beginning of a whole new life for them and for their young son. Reflecting back on his own childhood, Terry Redlin remembers moving to town before first grade. In this scene, the young boy has a great surprise. He has just met his first friend, “Buddy”. Terry remembers getting a dog after he moved to town, as well. “My dog was an orphan my parents found at a dance. I named him Bootsie because he had four dark paws. Bootsie was my first friend.” The family is proud to have a place to call their own. We can sense the pride they feel. To watch their young son experience the unconditional love of the puppy fills their hearts with joy and makes moving day a little less traumatic for everyone.
"His First Day" by Terry Redlin
"Mother and Child Experience the Difficulty of Leaving Home for the First Time"
August 2004

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"His First Day"
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With each scene, we watch the change of seasons and the progression of time. "His First Day" brings to life the smell of autumn. The falling leaves color the ground as they float through the quiet stillness of the morning. The old house has undergone a transformation with new siding, a new porch, and the addition of a garage. As the school bus pulls around the corner, Mom tries to comfort her young son. While the driver waits, she gently tries to coax him out of his Radio Flyer. It's his first day of school and he doesn't want to leave the comfort of his mother's arms, the safety of his yard, or his trusted furry friend, 'Buddy'. The family has put down roots here. There will be many more 'first days', but none like this one. With trepidation, the youngster will soon take that first step onto the bus leaving, for the first time, the security of home.
"His First Date" - American Portrait - Terry Redlin
Mother and Child Experience the Excitement the Tensions of Growing Up"

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"His First Date"
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Each painting leads us deeper into the lives of this young American family. We watch them grow just like the trees around the neighborhood. In this scene, we are reminded of the nervousness of “young love”. As the boy and girl sit side-by-side on the front porch, Mom knows this is her son’s “first date”. This must be the girl whose initials have recently appeared in the heart-shaped carving on the tree just below the tree house, his “Private Club.”
    As the full moon begins to rise, shadows dance across the yard. The new lampposts illuminate the streets as the ground fog settles in. It is Halloween and one of the neighbors has just pulled up in his Cadillac Coupe DeVille to drop off some trick-or-treaters. Keeping an eye on the two, Mom offers a tray of refreshments. Her baby is growing up. His dog, Buddy, resting in the grass, has already given his approval. The family loves their neighborhood and the life they have built.
"His First Graduation" - American Portrait - Terry Redlin
Mother and Child Experience One of Life's Greatest Achievements"

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"His First Graduation"
by Terry Redlin


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It’s a proud day. We have watched this boy grow into a young man. We have experienced with him the trials and tribulations of many firsts and today, his parents could not be more pleased to announce their son’s graduation from high school. The car out front is the “victory car” with the treasured teddy tied to the hood. The bear as well as Buddy have been with him every step of the way. The graduate will soon go off to college and we see the preparations have already begun. His bicycle is up on the rack. Mom remembers how he mastered the art of “throwing papers” on his paper route from that very bicycle. The tree house is gone and his “Private Club” above the garage is all closed up. For this special occasion, Mom, like always, has been working to keep her yard looking its best – the greenest in the neighborhood! As Mom, Dad, our young man, and his girlfriend pose on the front porch, we see that this is a snapshot from many of our own lives.
"His First Homecoming" - American Portrait - Terry Redlin
Mother and Child Experience the Delight of an Unexpected Early Arrival"

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"His First Homecoming"
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In this, the fifth painting in “An American Portrait”, Terry Redlin captures the icy stillness of a winter’s night and the peaceful, quiet joy of “His First Homecoming”. Our young man’s new independence has not overshadowed his deep sense of family. It’s only been a few months since he went away to school, but he is lonesome and homesick. As he pulls up to the snow-packed curb, the neighborhood sleeps. The only sound is the crunch of snow beneath his boots and the thump, thump, thump of Buddy’s tail on the sidewalk. His arrival is unexpected. The cat patiently sits by the doorstep as our young man reunites with his dog. As he hugs his trusted friend, the steady wag of his tail tells us that Buddy has been waiting to see him, too. The full moon brightens the night sky; and tucked in, under a blanket of freshly fallen snow, his home awaits. Colorfully wrapped packages and a freshly cut evergreen will soon surprise his family. This will be a special holiday season for them all. In this painting, we are reminded of the peacefulness, the safety, and the comforts of home.
"His First Good-Bye" - American Portrait - Terry Redlin
Mother and Child Experience One of Life's Proudest Moments"

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"His First Good-Bye"
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As the American flag waves brightly, we feel our hearts swell as this family prepares for “His First Good-Bye”. Our young man has joined the military. Although filled with a great sense of pride, this day brings mixed emotions for Mom and Dad. His desire to serve his Country is honorable and his commitment true. As the taxi waits, Dad fumbles with his hands in his pockets, unsure of how to tell his son how proud he is and how much he loves him. Theirs has always been a quiet, unspoken bond. Mom, while trying to maintain her composure, is finding it hard to smile for the picture. Tied to the flagpole with his teddy bear near, Buddy watches carefully as his friend says good-bye. As he takes another look around, he remembers growing up here. His first friend, his first day, his first date! So many memories. He glances over at his car. Dad helped him put it up on blocks . It will remain there until he returns.
"His Last Good-Bye" - American Portrait - Terry Redlin
Mother and Father Forever Live in Pain with the Ultimate Loss"

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"His Last Good-Bye"
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His Last Good-Bye" from Terry Redlin's "An American Portrait" Series - "A Collection of Heartfelt Firsts" In this, the final painting in "An American Portrait", the neighborhood is aglow with lights as families prepare for the upcoming holiday season. The snow glistens in the moonlight and the stars twinkle in the clear night sky. Dad has just finished hanging the homecoming banner. He has been busy all day getting ready for his son's return. The cars are all washed and the garage straightened. Mom has the tree decorated and lit; and from the house wafts the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, his favorite. From the window, she sees a car slowly pull up to the front walk. As she opens the door, expecting to embrace her son, she is horrified to see a representative from the Navy and a Chaplain walking up the snowy steps. At this moment, our hearts sink as we realize it is not her son, but the devastating news that he has been killed in war. As her body begins to crumble, she finds herself unable to speak...unable to even breathe. A very old Buddy drops the teddy. He knows his friend is never coming home. "His Last Good-Bye" immerses us into the pain of this American family's ultimate loss.
    This final painting was inspired by one of Terry Redlin's personal experiences. It captures on canvas the memory of his brother-in-law and good friend, Charles Langenfeld. Terry and Charles loved to hunt and fish. They also enjoyed Chess and other board games and would spend hours together. Even though Charles was ten years younger than Terry, the two men shared many interests and had great respect for one another. It was a true friendship and a brotherly bond.
    Charles, a Navy Hospital Corpsman, was killed in the Siege of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War in 1968. He had only 8 hours to go before he would have been rotated to the rear and out of harms way. Like many Americans, Terry and his wife Helene, along with their entire family, live forever with the pain of the ultimate loss.
Just a thought -- one of these "American Portrait" prints would make a great, wedding / anniversary gift, birthday gift, Mother's Day gift, Father's Day gift, or Christmas gift. Plan ahead to have that present ready for the special occasion by ordering today!. We can direct ship for you in time for the day, or, we can send a gift card letting the recipient know the print is on it's way.

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