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 inspire hope, uplift us, and bring a sense of peace.
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 its wonders - Terri's art celebrates life.
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.”
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.
The foundation of Terri's concepts is to capture the essence of an image and its symbolism.
As an artist, she communicates emotion through composition, color, form, and rhythm.
Terri is fascinated
by the beauty of balance in nature.
Strength of an oak tree | Fragility of a tulip petal
A spectacular sunrise | Star filled heavens
Massive storm clouds | Delicate snowflakes
Majestic mountains | Ebb and flow of the ocean
A Spring storm | A rainbow in the eastern sky
A Blue Heron in flight | A hovering hummingbird
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 evening sun. The inspiration for her glass art paintings begins here.
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.
THIS INSPIRED THIS
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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