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Artist Statement
Coastal Scenes
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Painting Coastal Scenes 

Having the good fortune to live near the salt water creeks and waterways of the North Carolina coast, Terry has long enjoyed painting coastal scenes. When not teaching school, Terry and his family often took weekend fishing and boating expeditions to nearby barrier islands in their Starcraft runabout and their jonboat. Terry’s visitors enjoyed boat rides to see the impressive homes on Wrightsville Beach and Figure-8 Island. One of Terry’s early paintings shows his twin sons, Michael and Eric, on a “big adventure,” rowing their jon boat to investigate the little salt water creek behind our house.  Another early painting shows a typical waterfront home on Figure-8 Island. He and his wife live on Pages Creek near the Intracoastal Waterway.

Beginning in 2000, after their boys grew up, the highlight of every summer became a trip north to explore mid-coast Maine.  Renting waterfront cottages, Terry, his wife Chris, and their dogs felt at home with Maine's friendly people, delicious seafood, and cool summer climate.  Their favorite place to visit was the town of Stonington on the southern tip of Deer Isle, with its unspoiled working waterfront and charming Victorian homes and shops.  Terry returns every year to paint Maine's towns, farms, home and harbors, which are forever changing with the weather, the seasons and the tides.  He and his wife now own a waterfront cottage in Cushing near the Olsen House that inspired so many of Andrew Wyeth's paintings.

Wherever he paints, Terry seeks to capture the beauty and charm of the people and places he loves.