The Vibrant Legacy of Terry Ludwig


Terry Ludwig, creator of Terry Ludwig Pastels, passed away on February 20, 2024, at the age of 82, leaving behind an incredible artistic legacy and a profound impact on pastel art.

Terry Ludwig obituary
Terry Ludwig

A statement released by Terry Ludwig Pastels recalls “Terry’s infectious humor and kindness that made quick friends out of strangers. He was never without a pencil and sketchpad, often drawing portraits of the many people he met.”

Terry studied art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he received rigorous training in classic art techniques, including color theory. Terry’s pastels gained recognition among artists for their quality and richness of color.

“Beyond his artistic contributions, Terry was a beloved figure within the art community,” the statement continued. “Known for his warm heart and generous spirit, he selflessly shared his knowledge and expertise with fellow artists, helping them hone their skills and develop their unique artistic voices. Terry’s workshops and demonstrations were always enthusiastic as he imparted his wisdom and encouraged others to embrace their creativity.”

Terry’s work
Responses from the pastel community:

“I can’t tell you what a loss to the pastel world this is and what a loss for his dear friends and family. May you rest in peace my dear Terry.”
— Lorenzo Chavez

“Profoundly saddened today by the news of the passing of Terry Ludwig. He pioneered a brand of handmade pastels that have changed the direction of many pastel painters, including me. He was a good friend and supporter, and he will be greatly missed by our worldwide pastel community.”
— Barbara Archer

“I met Terry before a workshop we did together in Denver at PACE. He was endearing and gracious and genuine — always a smile on his face and willing to help out a fellow artist. His vision towards his line of pastels cannot be matched. He lived and breathed those little sticks of magic. Anyone who spent any time with Terry was better for it. He will be missed.”
— Karen Spangrud


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  1. I’m sad for the loss of a great pioneer in the world of pastel. Not only did Terry change the landscape for all pastelists, but he was a truly kind and genuine man. From the very first time I met him so many years ago at the Cherry Creek Arts festival to the many calls he made to check in on me when he knew I was going through some personal challenges, he was present and thoughtful. My heart goes out to his family.


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