About the Artist - Her creativity is Driven by Inspiration

A  native of Columbus, Ohio, Terri’s journey began with the breathtaking  mosaics in Italy – they completely captivated her.  She was inspired to  learn more about this ancient and timeless art form, and while studying  the classical setting of mosaics at the Miami Mosaic Academy in Miami,  Florida she embarked on an unexpected journey.  Terri was driven to  create an original technique, one that would emulate her illustration  style and give her the freedom to "paint with glass".

Terri strives to take a rigid, sharp, unforgiving material like glass and  transform it into a refined piece of art.  Her art is conceptually and aesthetically driven with designs that vary from literal interpretations to capturing the essence of an image, moving from representational to  abstract. Through concept, composition and vibrant, saturated colors, her glass art expands our imagination and awakens emotions to uplift us, while at the same time bring a sense of calm.

What she finds intriguing is when a person approaches one of her glass paintings with the desire to touch it. They are compelled to gently glide their fingertips over the glass art and she encourages them to do so - this pulls them in closer to the art.

The question she is most often asked is "how do you do this and where do you begin?".  It  begins with inspiration - inspiration leads to a concept – a concept is  shaped with symbolism and this becomes the foundation of the design.  And from here she begins to paint with glass.

It  is important to her that her pieces tell a story - as they are created  for those who want to reveal something about themselves, their personal  interests and their love for original art.  

Seeing the beauty in life and all it's wonders - Terri's art celebrates life. 

Her Inspiration

As an artist, Terri is inspired by  the beautiful paintings and the philosophy of Renoir:

“To  my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty,  yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is  without creating still more of them.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir  

Terri's glass paintings are an invitation  to come with her, for just a moment - and walk with her through a garden.  

It is here that we’ll seek not to find answers, but to calm the storm  within and begin to dream again.


Capturing the Essence

Capturing the Essence

Capturing the Essence

The  foundation of Terri’s concepts is to capture the essence of an image and it's symbolism.

As an artist, she communicates the emotion through composition, color, form  and rhythm.


the Beauty of silence

Capturing the Essence

Capturing the Essence

Terri is fascinated by the beauty of balance in nature. 

The strength of an oak tree |  Fragility of a tulip petal
A spectacular sunrise |  Star filled heavens
Formation of storm clouds | A delicate snow flake
Majestic mountains |  Ebb and flow of the ocean
Force of a Spring storm | A rainbow in the eastern sky
A Great Blue Heron in flight | A hovering hummingbird


quiet inspiration

Capturing the Essence

quiet inspiration

While  wandering through a garden it becomes her private world of splendor.  These moments are calm, yet breathtaking. She sees the early morning sun awaken a flower, the midday sun cast dramatic shadows and  leaves dramatically backlit by the afternoon sun. The inspiration for her glass art paintings begins here.


spotlight | featured artist at the governor's residence

Terri was honored to have been selected by Ohio's First Lady, Karen W. Kasich and the 

Ohio Arts Council as Ohio's Spotlight Artist.

“Your glass art truly does inspire my spirit - 

it makes me want to stop the hectic pace and remember there is more to this life.” – Anita P.



"Out of the Storm" 

was inspired by a calla lily 

found on the grounds of a winery 

in Napa Valley.
This lily was the only lily standing among others 

that had fallen during a storm - 

she survived the storm.


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Terri Albanese - Painting with Glass (614) 781-1141