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Terry Lacy Contemporary Realism: A Celebration of Color (Art Show)

Friday, October 22 at 11:00am to 3:00pm

Terry Lacy is an American artist, now living in central Virginia. She was born into a military family and moved constantly throughout her first two decades of life. Terry recognized an interest in art early on, taking her first art classes at age seven. She went on to graduate from the University of Utah as an Art Major, specifically, Designer Craftsman. From Utah Terry moved to Virginia, where, in 1978, she started a small jewelry business which would become her career for the next 40 years. She specialized in creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces in both gold and silver, along with the repair and restoration of broken jewelry.



In 1990 Terry began to paint with watercolors, which she explored for 16 years. She always loved the transparency and luminosity of that style of painting, and the light that shone through from the bright white paper below the paint. Terry now uses oil paint on linen canvases but some of those early watercolor lessons still affect her work to this day.



In March of 2018, Terry retired from her jewelry business. She is now free to fully embrace life as an oil painter. Terry’s paintings are full of bold color and contrast. Her style might be called Contemporary Realism, under the broad umbrella of Representational Art. The things Terry chooses to paint come from experiences and encounters in her life, whether it be in Virginia or on her travels.



"My eyes are constantly searching for beauty. Over time I have taken thousands of photographs, in my daily life and while travelling. I am a studio painter and use my photos for references. I have made several trips out west, namely to Utah and New Mexico, in the past few years and have been influenced by those travels and the photos I come home with. I am in awe of the landscapes, plant life, history and culture of that area. I have been painting my impressions of things I encounter in my travels and am slowly creating a body of work that speaks to the strong western spirit I feel."



The reference photos represent the original experience and subject to a point, but the paintings are always enhanced with the memories of that time. It might be a scent, the wind, a sense of awe, cool shadows or warm light, or an emotional response, instilled in an attempt to portray how she feels about the subject.



"Painting is an important form of self-expression for me, my voice, a form of communication. I have a deep appreciation for the beauty in this world, and seek it out daily. I feel lucky when it all comes together on canvas for me to put back out there in the world. Hopefully, the inspiration and awe that I feel and try to portray will have a positive influence on others as I share my work. That's what you hope your art can do- to bring joy and enrich your life and others." 

Perkinson Center For the Arts and Educ, Baxter and Elaine Perkinson, Jr Art Gallery
11810 Centre Street




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