Arin Waddell was born in Detroit, Michigan. She was raised on a Black Angus cattle ranch west of Billings, Montana.
She holds three degrees in visual art: a BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York; an MA from California State University, Chico; and an MFA from the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Since 1990, Arin Waddell has been featured in over 150 solo and group art exhibitions throughout the western United States and has taught drawing, painting, sculpture, design and installation art at several colleges and universities.
Arin Waddell resides in Sheridan, Wyoming with her husband and three children. Besides making art and teaching, Waddell has a deep passion for philanthropy and fighting hunger and illiteracy in our most vulnerable children in Sheridan County.
My artwork is uses whimsy, allegory and every day objects/birds/subjects to spark conversations and inspire personal inquiry. In the West, it is difficult not to obsess over and make art about our compelling, stunning landscape. However, I have come to painting through a life-long love of learning, and a formal graduate school back door of concepts and metaphors gathered together like little stones from the path of my own history. In these visual stories----inspired from flora, fauna, friends and family---- the personal stretches/reaches out to become universal.
Artist Arin Waddell feels passionately about many things (she is a firecracker). This new line of luxury pillows has brought about a new passion and pride for a tight community of exceptional talent in Sheridan, Wyoming. Local professionals and artisans working seamlessly together – setting the bar for creative entrepreneurs in the west.
Waddell has teamed up with the brilliant designer/photographer Jenae Neeson of MyBonnie Studios in Sheridan, who exquisitely captures the details and textures of the imagery, as well as the architectural flavor of the collectors who own them. Matt Moran of Twin M Design hand crafts every buttery leather logo and carefully sews each pillow with the precision of a master artisan. Bighorn Design’s Cassie Jaeb handles every aspect of distribution and shipping from the historic Main Street of Sheridan, Wyoming.
It's a team using their individual skills to allow makers to make, dreamers to dream. Yes, quite a dream team.