Originally from Southern California, Terri has always had a talent for the arts, especially creating with her hands: drawing, painting, sewing, Batik, macrame', ceramics, and weaving.
In 1978, Terri went traveling for 6 months with her 6-month old daughter, Lisa to "see the world". They spent most of their time in France where they explored old castles, churches and the countryside, visiting art museums, soaking up the rich culture and eating lots of cheese and baguettes. It was in the South of France that Terri became inspired by the Impressionists.
Back in California, she studied art, and worked as a graphic artist until being lured to the "Garden Island" of Kauai by its incredible beauty and pristine natural environment.
Here, Terri's hands express themselves using the materials and impressions of the island. From the fiber of the local plants comes the raw material for this art. From the beauty of the island comes the creative drive. "Every day I see visions and colors that evoke feelings I want to express. The process of creating art using materials gathered from nature, that feeling of being in tune with the natural world, is very satisfying".
Paper Making has been a tradition in Japan for centuries. Terri has taken this ancient art in a new direction.
The bark of the paper mulberry tree and banana stock are shredded and cooked in lye to break down the fibers, which are then bleached and dyed in various colors. Dyed fibers are cut or chopped, mixed with a clear liquid and "painted" on a screen in the desired design or image. After drying, the thick paper is peeled from the screen, revealing the finished art!
Using colored fibers as the Impressionists used paint, she has created lasting images of jungles, waterfalls and ocean experiences.
Properly framed and kept out of direct sunlight, this art will retain its vibrant beauty indefinitely.
Dyed fibers are cut or chopped, mixed with a clear liquid and "painted" on a screen in the desired design or image. After drying, the thick paper is peeled from the screen, revealing the finished art!