respect for animals was a central characteristic of her being
In memory of Theron Caldwell Ris
Artists of sufficient age will remember Theron as a tall thin woman who lived in a distinctive house on a bluff overlooking the Yahara river. The modern home had a silo tower with an observation deck that was filled with kites. There was a detached studio and the home was filled with Theronâ€™s ever present dogs.
She will be remembered for her passion, warmth and encouragement to others. Her work was expressive, colorful and usually depicted her favorite subject matter, animals. She used her art to invite the viewer to perceive her subjects with compassion. Her work emphasized each animalâ€™s unique spirit. In an artistâ€™s statement Theron asked viewers to consider, â€śthe unthinking lack of empathy which my species has for other animals.â€ť Theronâ€™s fierce advocacy for respect for animals was a central characteristic of her being.
Ris received two art degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a BS in Fine Arts in 1981 and a an MFA in 1984. From that time forward Theron never put down the brush. Through the years she had over 25 solo shows. Ris continued to paint and share her work up until her death.
She was preceded in death by the father of her children, William L. Caldwell, and her second husband, Hans Ris. She is survived by She is survived by her six children and two stepchildren. A memorial service will be held on June 19th, 2:00pm at the First Unitarian Church in Madison.
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