Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

T. Swanton Bateman
T. Swanton "Terry" Bateman was born in Billings, Montana, in 1942. Very early in his life it was evident that there existed a special feeling for any wild thing -- be it tadpole or moose. As a boy he spent days on end wandering the creeks and canyons of the hills south of Billings, stalking and observing every form of wildlife available. It was this overwhelming desire to be outdoors that began the downhill slide of his academic endeavors. While others his age were involved in school work and, or athletics, Terry was hunting, trapping, fishing, or just wandering the hills watching. He later became a government trapper, then taxidermist, and finally a full time artist. When asked about his early years, Terry chuckles, "I'm the product of an ill-spent youth."
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