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 Ted Goerschner  (1933 - 2012)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/California      Known for: landscape, figure and floral still-life painting, teaching

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Following is an obituary of the artist from the Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition, January 8 to January 12, 2013.

Artist Ted Goerschner passed away December 23, 2012. Raised on the East Coast he wanted to be especially remembered for his painterly snowscapes. But there is much more to remember about Ted, the man. He was charismatic. He was the most inspirational painter and teacher of our time, repeatedly emphasizing the need to paint from life. His honesty and joy showed in each passionate brushstroke. His innate sense of color was breath taking. Ted knew that painting was a gift that he had been given to share with others. He was a charming teacher with a great sense of humor. He often remarked how lucky he was to be doing something that he loved. Professionally, he knew that his art provided him with a good living and his strong sense of ethics made him popular with gallery owners. Ted served his faith in God by unselfishly teaching others to explore and develop their own creativity.

Other chapters in his life also served him well as an artist. While in the army Ted was selected for the Presidential honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. This history explains the perfectly pressed seams in his jeans and his natural coordination and total control over his art tools. His years of boating, fishing and painting in New England prompted this remark made to his students; "If you don't understand why it stays afloat, you can't paint it." After working in construction, he reminded students not to paint a house without structure because it will appear to be falling down. He taught that an artist must know how to draw or their paintings would not be believable.

His work ethics were impeccable. That, along with his discipline, organization, foundation, passion and sensitivity made him the great artist that we will miss. Each morning at 8am he arrived at his studio to paint alongside his loving wife, artist Marilyn Simandle. At the end of the day with his cigar and his dog by his side he was content, knowing that he had a spent the day working at what he loved. Ted was a lover of Jesus Christ and lived his life trying to reflect that love. Thank you Ted; you are a great loss to the art community and to our lives. You will remain in our hearts forever.

Biography from Askart.com:
Ted Goerschner was born in New Jersey in 1933.  At the age of 6 he started drawing and knew he wanted to be an artist.  Inspired by his grandfather who was a successful painter and sculptor, Ted committed himself to his studies.  He attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art in New Jersey, and after a two-year commitment in the Korean War, studied painting at the Art Student's League in New York City.

While pursuing his career, he supported himself in many professions until in 1977 he got his big break when Charles Movalli wrote an article on him in American Artist magazine.  Goerschner's career soared. 

He became a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and was voted into membership in the California Art Club.  He has published four books on painting, and has given many workshops to aspiring artists.  He has exhibited at the Art Students League in New York, The National Academy of Design in New York, The Salamagundi Club in New York, and the Rockport Art Association. 

He has been featured in many magazine articles, American Art Collector in 2006, International Artist 2006, Art of the West 1997, 1988; U.S. Art 1987, Southwest Art 1981, Art and Graphics Today 1988 and American Artist 1977.

He has earned the following awards, People Choice Award, Oil Painters of America, National Show 1997 & 1996, Gold medal, Rockport Arts Associaiton 1977, and New Member Award, Rockport Art Association 1975.  His work is in prestigious private and corporate collections.

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