Terry Pyles was born in Seattle, Washington in 1957 and had his first art lesson at age three. After graduating from high school, Pyles moved to Alaska and became a licensed wilderness guide. Pyles is best known for his paintings of Alaska wildlife but he is equally skilled in landscape, marine and aviation subjects. His paintings are collected internationally and he has won several local and national awards for his artwork. Pyles also sculpts in fiberglass, epoxy and wood, and works with ceramics and stained glass. Pyles and his wife, Cheri, own and operate Dockside Gallery and The Bead and Yarn Shoppe in Ketchikan, Alaska.