The Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission presents an exhibit of work by Hal Sutherland at the Mountlake Terrace Library through Nov. 30.
As a cornerstone for a long, prolific career, Hal Sutherland was fortunate enough to work for Walt Disney Studios. Beginning as a childhood fascination watching horse-drawn carriages go past his home, it became his uncanny ability to sketch horses that landed him in a select group of animators at Walt Disney Studios in 1954, working on “Sleeping Beauty.” An Emmy award winning television producer and director in Hollywood, Sutherland directed Fat Albert, the Cosby Kids and the first 20 episodes of “Star Trek: The Animated Series.”
In 1974, he and his family moved to Washington where he embarked on a full time painting career. His works have been featured in several national magazine articles and PBS a documentary special.
Many of his paintings fulfill a passionate dream to be riding on a wiry mustang galloping across vast prairies. Collectors enjoy the immense versatility in his subject matter, which visits the many worlds of the “equine” throughout our Nation’s history. His works evoke a strong statement, illustrated with humor or emotion.
“Nothing can erase the pleasures I’ve had in this wonderful life,” said Sutherland. His art is a looking glass into a rich colorful past.