My story started when I was a little girl. Fascinated with picture books, I developed my love for drawing and telling stories through the illustrations that came in all forms of books. I loved doodling, mostly faces, and parts of faces. Fast forward to my beginnings as an adult, I became a production potter for a company that no longer exists, and I paid my way through college by teaching and making pots. I obtained my Bachelors in Art in Painting and Drawing with an emphasis in illustration and art education from CSUN, in California.
I found a teaching job teaching art in the Los Angeles County Jail System. I taught ceramics at first, then painting and drawing (mostly portrait and collage) and mural painting for twenty-five years. I retired in 2010. I then started my art career earnestly. After developing a style by experimenting and teaching myself how to draw and paint on ceramics, I started a series of pottery that I called my moon pottery.
My love of story telling comes from my youth and reading folklore and children's stories. I have this crazy love of the moon from my childhood. Looking up at the moon, I have always wondered what the moon thought of all us humans, The Man in the Moon who sometimes turns into Lady Moon, sees us in all our drama, What do we look like to the moon? What kind of world is this that the moon is a face of a human, and sees others as pinpoints of light, as eyes and mouths?
This world started to develop as Lunation; Faces of the Moon. There, creatures are bleached white by dancing in the light of the moon. My imagination traveled to another world filled with emotions, creatures of the night, and insects that are emerging into other worldly beings. The world Lunation continues to grow, soon to come, will be my gold leaf paintings of the people that live on Lunation. I see my story of Lunation as a way of working through the drama that I see here on earth. Sometimes it's filled with joy, sometimes sorrow and angst. I love sharing my art as a way of saying to the viewer, yes, I have been there too, I feel your pain, your joy, your sorrow, you are not alone. It's through our face that emotion is the most prominent feature. It's through this story that I can share my thoughts of this world through the art I love
Terry’s Exhibition CVS
Coagula Curatorial- Moon Pottery for the Wall: "which bitch are you"
Launch LA- Holiday Boutique- December
CAFAM- Handmade in LA2017- November
Eye Bowls and Mouth Bowls- Dulce Polloza at the Neutra Museum
Red Dragon- metal leafed painting- MOAH/ Cedar
Lunatopia- MOAH exhibition: Movers and Makers
Exhibition of moon bowls, plates, teapots, moon cups, cups (Cover Picture)
The Butterfly Goddess- Ceramic Mask- Third Place, MOAH/Cedar
The Gold Bug-metal leaf, watercolor and ink- MOAH/Cedar Honorable Mention
Old Woman Moon Bowl- publish in Niji Magazine/London
exhibition of moon bowls and moon cups with masks
Carlos- Portrait of a Student Published in ROKOKO Art Magazine
Buffalo Stampede Juried Show @ Lancaster Museum of Art and History
Unicorn at the Beach Honorable Mention, Lilac Festival
The Unicorn- watercolor Best of Show, Antelope Valley Fair
Hot Air Balloons- acrylics First Place, Antelope Valley Fair
Professional Development Workshops
Professional Artist Development WorkShop at DonkeyMill Art Center, Juried into workshop for selection of artists
Since 2010 I have been in several blog posts and even a Russian Magazine authored by Lisa Koschwitz Salerno, who is a well-known author for many blog posts and magazines.
I have a following on many social media platforms as well.