Terry E. Beckwith
Mr. Beckwith has worked in the Indian realty field for 40 years. He retired as Director, Palm Springs Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was Area Realty Officer; Agency Realty Office; Chief, Land Titles & Records Office; Probate Examiner, Office of Hearings & Appeals.
Beckwith’s career included positions in the Pacific Region, Western Region, Southern Plains, and Northwest Region. Beckwith was on several task forces drafting regulations. He has taught classes for ICC since 1998. He has taught classes for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and American
Indian Training Center of the Desert. Beckwith graduated from Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) in 1970 and has received an Award in Accounting from UCLA.
Since relocating from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest in 2002, I have experienced living in a more densely populated urban area juxtaposed with the diverse natural habitats of forests, mountains, coastlines, the Pacific Ocean and Salish Sea. I tend to get swept up in bold colors and sounds expressed through abstracted images from imagination. While reflecting upon my surroundings—such as roundabouts, robins, tree-scapes, coyotes, and traffic—I am inspired to draw and paint about the still-wild spaces amidst growing urban development.
Through the mediums of drawing and painting, three veins of work have evolved. Urban Escapes is a series of oil paintings about my backyard and other surviving natural spaces in and around Olympia, WA; while Black and White Drawings and Expressionist Paintings reveal glimpses or memories of time, both past and present. My goal is to allow my work to encompass the many common, everyday mysteries that provoke the life force in each of its forms.
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