I grew up in Detroit, Michigan watching my mother paint at home. I loved the smell of turpentine and remember thinking that her oil paintings must be magic as they changed from day to day. I was always drawing especially in school when he wasn't supposed to. When I was 10 my parents took me on my first trip to the Detroit Institute of Art and soon after I began taking the bus by myself to visit the DIA and see the works of the Masters. I was overwhelmed as I sat in front of a painting by Van Gogh or George de La Tour or as I walked through the Diego Rivera mural hall each time I visited. Art became a constant companion, but so did nature. Throughout my childhood I spent weekends exploring the shoreline of lower Michigan with my cousins and spent long summer vacations playing in the woods and waters of the Upper Peninsula. I was happiest outside on the lake. These summers and time spent in nature would go on to have an impact on my art I could never have imagined and would become one of the greatest natural influences in my painting. In high school I shared the love of art with close friends. I had a band, acted in the school plays, sang in choirs, and looked at the arts as humanities; through artistic behavior I could change the world. It was in these years that he discovered Dali and by the age of 16 decided that I would be an artist for life. My dad was not pleased by this revelation so, like many teenagers, I became even more determined. In college I pursued a degree in Fine art with a minor in art history and the summer I spent studying the old Masters throughout Europe was the single greatest influence on my artistic education. I was never the same and vowed to stay the course. I have made my living exclusively as an artist for over four decades. I have rarely worked in only one aspect of the art business, but usually two or three at a time. While making my living in large part by pursuing work in commercial applications, there has remained one constant throughout: painting on canvas. Painting on canvas has always been for me a way of retaining a connection to art that is not ruled by the mechanics of the commercial. For the first two decades of my career my painting was heavily influenced by my love for Dali and was a variety of surrealism and symbolism, usually acrylic on canvas. For the last decades, however, I have been painting landscapes in oil, occasionally a still life, or a hybrid of the two, influenced by my love of the same woods and waters that was fostered so young. I continues to find inspiration from Masters, now looking to the painters of the Hudson River School and the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. I love to paint and paint full time, almost every day, either in my studio in Lombard, Illinois or in my studio in Michigan's Upper Peninsula along the same shoreline I enjoyed as a kid. I hope my work will allow viewers the opportunity to emotionally engage with the physical world and maybe find beauty and majesty in seemingly mundane facets of nature.
Terry's ArtPrize Entries
These are Terry's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Terry's Past Work
These are images of past work that Terry has done.