Todd Abbott Winters grew up in the South Texas town of Harlingen. Where his first painting subjects were of the coast. He excelled at art throughout school and especially in high school under the tutelage of his high school art teacher Evelyn Wallace. It was in high school that he sold his first watercolor paintings. Todd went on to study art in Austin at the University of Texas, finishing there in 1983 with his degree in Studio Art. He has been painting full time ever since. Showing in countless art galleries from California to Florida as well participating in several hundred art festivals spanning four decades.
Todd's paintings are primarily completed in transparent watercolor. He worked in a realistic style that is very expressive. He completes most of his work on paper or on watercolor panels that he constructs himself. Working on a rigid panel allows him to seal the finished original painting with an acrylic varnish protecting the artwork from the elements and allowing him to frame the work without glass!
Todd lived and had his own studio after leaving Austin in 1990 in Taos, NM for 12 years. It is there that the captivating imagery of the Southwest took hold and formed the foundation for the subjects he continues to paint today. Such as his Aspen Tree series, his Expressive Animal series as well the landscape watercolors of the Southwest and Rocky Mountains. Todd also lived in Kerrville, Texas from 2002 to 2016 after leaving Taos with his family to raise his kids in the Texas Hill Country, while also opening a studio in nearby Ingram. Todd now lives, works and shows in Santa Fe, NM where he operates his own studio open to visitors. He likes to simply describe his work as, "A celebration of the subject!" as this is very evident in all of his paintings.
Here is a story he shares that encapsulates all that he does.... "Some time ago my father named Walter at age 91 passed away. We had numerous talks about my life and desire to make my living as an artist. Dad was born in 1915 and grew up on a farm in Northern Iowa...he was a child of the depression and later a veteran of WW2. He was 'vary practical' and possessed no real appreciation or understanding of art.
Once I explained to him, that I myself as an artist am just like a farmer...like him! You see each year I also grow and create with God's blessing a new crop of paintings. I cultivate, nurture and tend to my paintings until they are ready to take to market and sell. Once sold, with that money I provide for my family, pay my bills and I purchase new materials to once again repeat the cycle.
My father exclaimed...but you cannot eat your paintings son, I do not need them to survive! I then told him... yes I understand, but you do need them ...my crop of artwork is food for your soul!"