Now Available from and other online booksellers, in bookstores, and directly from the University of Oklahoma Press: 1- 800-627-7377 



the Bernese Mountain

Dog is on the Golf Course!


“TuckerTees Off”

Illustrations by Theodore Waddell.

Poems and rhymes by Lynn Campion and Stoney Brown.

68 pages, 11 x 8.5”, hardcover • 28 full-color illustrations

ISBN-10: 0692530827 • ISBN-13: 978-0-692-53082-5




Also available...."Tucker's Seasonal Words of Wisdom" Click here to read all about it!

Tucker Gets Tuckered

Theodore Waddell's first children's book! This charming book about his beloved Bernese Mountain dogs is a story about a playful pooch who has to get involved in everything.

Theodore Waddell accepts the 2015 Governor's Arts Award in Billings, MT.

2015 Recipient Governor’s Arts Award, Montana Arts Council

2015 Artist of the Year Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

May, 2017

We are pleased to announce a major new publication!



My Montana  

Paintings and Sculpture, 1959–2016

By Rick Newby



Born in 1941 in Billings, Montana, painter, sculptor, and rancher Theodore Waddell stands as one of the West’s most celebrated contemporary artists. His paintings and prints of “landscapes with animals” couple abstract expressionist technique with creatures—Black Angus cattle, horses, and bison—that populate the high plains and mountain valleys of today’s ranching West.

Richly illustrated with the artist’s own work, as well as images from his personal archive, Theodore Waddell: My Montana, traces Waddell’s influences, ranging from the Cezannesque works of Montana rancher, painter and teacher Isabelle Johnson to the abstract expressionism of Robert Motherwell, the expressionist figuration of Robert DeNiro Sr., and the classic western paintings of Karl Bodmer, Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Maynard Dixon.

Theodore Waddell: My Montana is published by Drumlummon Institute of Helena, MT, and is distributed by the University of Oklahoma Press.Theodore Waddell: My Montana is priced at $29.95 paperback, and $45 cloth, 288 pages, with 185 color and 40 black and white illustrations. The book is distributed by the University of Oklahoma Press for Drumlummon Institute, Helena, MT. The book is available from online booksellers, in bookstores, and directly from the University of Oklahoma Press: 1- 800-627-7377


 Please join Ted Waddell and many of the contributors for lively conversation and book-signing. All events are free and open to the public.

  • May 11       Billings: 6:30pm–7:30pm, Yellowstone Art Museum
  • May 12       Livingston: 7pm-8:30pm, Elk River Books
  • May 13       Bozeman:  5pm-7pm, Visions West Gallery
  • May 14       Ryegate: 2pm-4pm, Ryegate Bar
  • May 21       Miles City: 9:30am-10:30am, Custer County Art Center
  • May 30       Helena: 5:30pm-7pm, Myrna Loy Theatre
  • May 31       Missoula: 4pm-5:30pm, Missoula Art Museum
  • June 2        Great Falls: 7pm, The Celtic Cowboy’s Dark Horse
  • June 3        Butte: 7pm-8:30pm, Clark Chateau Art Center


With access to Waddell’s journals and letters and an extensive oral history recently completed, author Rick Newby offers unprecedented insight into Waddell’s first years as an avowed artist and his period of struggle and disciplined creativity. Newby portrays Waddell’s decades as a practicing rancher and the years of his success— when his sculptures and vast canvases have found homes in leading museums.

“Theodore Waddell’s vast (and intimate) canvases represent the pinnacle of contemporary western painting and the telling of his life and work lends rich texture and depth to the evolving narrative of the development of modern and contemporary western art,” said author Rick Newby.

Ultimately, Theodore Waddell’s works are important, not simply because they bring together disparate traditions but because they stand as emotionally and sensuously resonant works of art that speak of landscapes and animals, life and death, austerity and abundance. They possess, in the words of Seattle Times critic Robin Updike, an “immense, poetic dignity.”

This volume also includes a gathering of essays celebrating the life and art of Theodore Waddell by the Montana curators, critics, scholars, poets, and fiction writers who have known him best. Contributors include the Honorable Pat Williams, Robyn Peterson, Bob Durden, Gordon McConnell, Mark Browning, Donna Forbes, Greg Keeler, Patrick Zentz, Scott McMillion, William Hjortsberg, Paul Zarzyski, and Brian Petersen.

Rick Newby has contributed major essays to the exhibition catalogs A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence and The Most Difficult Journey: The Poindexter Collections of American Modernist Painting. He is the editor of In Poetic Silence: The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp, by Thomas Minckler.

Theodore Waddell: My Montana is priced at $29.95 paperback, and $45 cloth, 288 pages, with 185 color and 40 black and white illustrations. The book is distributed by the University of Oklahoma Press for Drumlummon Institute, Helena, MT. The book is available from online booksellers, in bookstores, and directly from the University of Oklahoma Press: 1- 800-627-7377 _______________________________________________

To arrange an interview with Theodore Waddell in Montana, please contact Corby Skinner at SkinnerBenoit Public Relations, 622 North 29th, Billings, MT 59101, 406-294-2390 or email

Author contact: Rick Newby, Drumlummon Institute, 418 West Lawrence Street, Helena, MT 59601, 406-461-7494,


Father - Daughter Duo Exhibit Work at Sheridan College

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Award-winning painter and sculptor Theodore Waddell makes art about the things he loves. He is best known for his landscapes with animals, vast canvases that bring together western subject matter - angus cattle, sheep, horses, and the occasional bison.  On the side, Waddell has been creating beautifully illustrated books about his other enthusiasms, Bernese Mountain Dogs and now the game of golf.

Tucker is Back!  Golf and Tucker the Bernese Mountain Dog are Focus of New Book by Theodore Waddell

Theodore Waddell and his wife, Lynn Campion, together with nationally recognized PGA Pro Stoney Brown, have released “Tucker Tees Off,” the third in the series of children’s books featuring Tucker the Bernese Mountain Dog. 


In “Tucker Tees Off,” Tucker is joined on the golf course by other canines and various creatures. Woven throughout are rhymes and poems related  to golf. Tips and quips accompany Tucker in his quest  to finish all 18 holes during the Intermountain golf season. Lynn Campion and Pro Stoney Brown add humorous yet meaningful advice that  every age can treasure . . . or ignore.


Published by Bar R Books of Helena, Montana, the 68-page book features 28 full-color illustrations. “Tucker Tees Off” joins the two previous volumes in the “Tucker” series; the first, “Tucker Gets Tuckered,” came out in 2006, and the second, “Tucker’s Seasonal Words of Wisdom,” was published by Bar R Books in 2014.


“Tucker Tees Off” is distributed by Riverbend Publishing of Helena, Montana, and is available at fine bookstores everywhere or by contacting Riverbend, 1-866-787-2363;; P.O. Box 5833; Helena, MT 59604–5833; or can be ordered directly at The 68-page hardcover book sells for $16.95.