Miller was born in Iowa, spent his school years in northern New
Jersey and graduated from art school with a degree in Design
in the late 1960s. After spending a number of years as an architectural
draftsman working in Manhattan, Terry
moved south and began a
ten year stint as a special education teacher working with emotionally
disturbed children in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. During those
years, when not in the classroom, Terry honed his skills working
with the medium of graphite, drawing when time allowed and finally
he experienced a very positive reception to his work at his first
showing as part of a large scale group show, the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina in 1990. That
year, he decided to leave teaching and turn professional as a
full time graphite artist.
Since his graduation
from art school, Terry has traveled extensively on the North
American continent spending time in the Rockies, the western
states and the mountains and coastal areas of western Canada.
In addition, seven trips to eastern and southern Africa, primarily
to the plains of the Serengeti and Nogorongoro Crater in northern
Tanzania, the Nile in Uganda, the great expanses of the Okavango
Delta in Botswana and the forests of Zimbabwe, have all added
to his source file of reference material, sketch books and inspiration
for his work. And to that end, translating all those memories
and field experiences into finished works of art, Terry works
exclusively in various grades of graphite portraying textural
contrasts of wood, stone, water, animal hide and other natural
elements, to bring depth, dimension and emotion to his works.
his years as a professional artist, Terry has garnered major
awards and has had his work added to private and corporate collections
both here and in Europe, toured internationally in such well
reputed exhibitions as Birds in Art and the Society
Artists annual members
exhibition, Art and the Animal and has had a number
of works included in the recently published book, Where
Elephants Go To Die, a book of poetry about Africa, its
land, people and animals. In the late 1990s, Terry served as
Artist in Residence at the Blauvelt Art Museum outside New York
City for two years, his residency culminating with the well received
exhibition, Kalahari to Kilimanjaro in which his
works on an African theme were spotlighted.
In the summer of 2008,
the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin hosted a solo exhibition
of Terry's works under the title, 'Unknown Bridges'. That exhibition,
comprised of 40 works, spotlighted the abstract nature of bridge
structure juxtaposed with the softer, natural feel of the animal
world. A companion book of the works included in that series
was published in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition.
And in 2013, the Woodson also honored Terry by naming him as
their 33rd Master Wildlife Artist. In conjunction with the opening
of their annual, internationally respected exhibition, 'Birds
in Art', Terry's graphite works will now be added to the ranks
of paintings and sculptures from the likes of Robert Bateman,
Kent Ulberg, Tony Angell, Ray Harris-Ching, Roger Tory Peterson
and Nancy How, to name but a few of the previously named Masters.
His works have been included
in the last four volumes (2 through 5) of North Light Books'
ongoing series of monographs, Strokes of Genius: The Best of
Drawing, published in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, and three of
his works are also included in the recent private publication
of American Coastal Art: The Collection of Charles J. and Irene
Hamm, which spotlights their highly prized collection of 18th
through 20th Century works with a marine/maritime theme.
Since the opening of
the 21st Century, Terry has resided in central Maryland surrounded
by new and exciting inspirational scenes that have slowly begun
to work their way into his studio time, reflected on this site
by the appearance of barns, new landscapes and the more domesticated
side of the animal kingdom.
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