Terry Cooke Hall
Trips throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in the family station wagon were a big part of Terry’s childhood, forming strong memories of the Southwest in the 60s. During the mid-70s, Terry’s passion for art led her to numerous classes, workshops, and university extension courses in life drawing, graphic design, and illustration, including studies of the works of the Golden Age illustrators, a heavy influence on her current style.
In 1978, Terry put her training into use by illustrating for architectural and land development firms in Southern California. After 15 years of the left-brain world of architects and engineers, Terry left her job and co-founded a commercial art business in San Diego County. Since 2006, Terry has focused exclusively on developing a fine art career that has strong roots in California Impressionism. She has studied under nationally-known artists with an intense focus on foundational principles of fine art and impressionistic light and color. Terry's figures in realism are set in an imaginary world of colorful winds or swirling skies, often backlit by an abstraction of the sun or moon. Her approach blends color, patterns, and textural elements, providing a unique contemporary twist. Her “imaginative realism” style is a look at her West viewed through the lens of 30 years of work in design and illustration.
Terry currently lives in Bozeman Montana and exhibits through the following past and upcoming events: Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg AZ, Women Artists of Glacier National Park, Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell MT, Miniatures by the Lake, Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene ID, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody WY, American Women Artists Annual Members Show & National Juried Exhibition, The Bennington Center for the Arts, The Tucson Desert Art Museum, Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City OK, Rocky Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Rocky Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson AZ, The Russell, The Russel Museum, Great Falls MT; Icons of the West National Juried Exhibition, Dana Gallery, Missoula MT and the Settlers West Miniature show, Tucson, AZ.