After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from NYU, Terry and his wife, Chris, served two years in the US Peace Corps,
teaching middle school science, English, algebra, and art at Abeyie School in Debre Sina in the cool highlands of
Ethiopia, where the scenery was spectacular, the people were friendly, and the
students were eager to learn. Chris and Terry’s first family included three
delightful students who stayed with them; Tekleyes, Amtataw, and Mamo, who taught them much
about Ethiopian culture and became life-long friends. All three students later became teachers
and educators. Mamo Mengesha earned a doctorate in education and now heads IFESH
Ethiopia, an organization that trains US teachers for volunteer service in
Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, during the summer break, Terry and Chris worked
with a medical team in Jimma Province giving TB and smallpox vaccinations to
people in remote towns. Afterwards, they traveled with other Peace Corps
volunteers to spectacular game parks in Kenya and Tanzania, including the
game-filled Ngorongoro Crater which they explored in a rented Landrover.
Returning to the US,
taught art for 12 years at Mascenic Regional School, a newly constructed high school in scenic New
Ipswich, NH, where his students learned to do drawing, painting, pastels, and
wheel-thrown pottery. Terry was a member of the NH League of Craftsmen and
sold his silkscreen prints through their network of galleries. Several of
his prints featured Ethiopian scenes.
Moving with his family to Wilmington, NC, Terry
taught art at North Brunswick High School for 25 years, retiring in 2006.
As a teacher, Terry gave his students a strong foundation in drawing, painting,
and sculpture, and made bi-weekly art history presentations and assigned written
work an important part of his classes. Although much of their class time
was devoted to studying art and artists, his students learned to produce high
quality art work, which was displayed in the front office and in the media
center. At the yearly Brunswick County High School Student Art Competition
at the Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, his students regularly won top
Retired from teaching, Terry is happy to be able to paint full time. He is
a member of the Wilmington Art Association and the Waterway Art Association of
Calabash and looks forward to competing in regional juried art shows each year.
He has won many awards.
Terry's paintings may be purchased
at the Bank of the Arts Gallery, New Bern, NC, at the Community Council for the
Arts Gift Shop, Kinston, NC, or through this website (click on
Purchasing Originals). Contact the artist
for current prices and shipping costs.
Terry's giclee prints may be safely and securely
purchased through this website. Shipping and handling to addresses in the
U.S. is free. Begin the process by clicking on