Trips throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in the family station wagon were a big part of Terry’s childhood, forming strong memories of the Southwest in the fifties and sixties. During the mid-seventies, Terry’s passion for art led her to numerous classes, workshops, and university extension courses in graphic design and illustration, including studies of the works of the Golden Age illustrators, a heavy influence on her current style. In 1978, Terry put her training into use by illustrating for land development firms in Southern California. After 15 years of the left-brain world of architects and engineers, Terry left her job and co-founded a commercial art business in San Diego County.
Since 2006, Terry has focused exclusively on developing a fine art career that has strong roots in California Impressionism. She has studied under nationally-known artists with an intense focus on foundational principles of fine art and impressionistic light and color.
Terry’s subjects have roots grounded in the timeless traditions of the West, yet her approach blends in bold color, patterns, and textural elements to give her works a contemporary twist. Her style is a look at the West viewed through the lens of 30 years of work in design and illustration.
Her work has been shown in many national exhibitions, including Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, Wickenburg AZ; Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Cody WY; The Russell, Great Falls MT; Small Works Great Wonders, Oklahoma City OK; The Mountain Oyster Club Art Show & Sale, Tucson AZ; and The Heart of the West, Coeur d’Alene ID.
Terry lives in Bozeman, Montana.