Born in Iowa just before the midpoint of the 20th Century, Terry Miller’s professional career as a fine artist began in 1990 after ten years of teaching in Special Education and previously spent years involved with architectural design in New York City. A late 1960’s graduate of art school he has traveled this country, Canada and the African continent in search of the inspirations and reference material that, during studio hours, he translates into his graphite drawings.
After a two year residency at an art museum just outside New York City (1999-2001), Terry moved to Maryland where new inspirations brought about by exposure to the harbor in Baltimore, along with journeys to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coast of Maryland’s eastern shore, influenced a developing interest in maritime subject matter.
Working exclusively in various grades of graphite, he portrays his personal experiences in the field through delicate line work and strong textural contrasts that predominate in his chosen black and white medium. Over the last several years a number of works have been spotlighted and included in the last four volumes of North Light Books’ ongoing series, Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing.
Terry has participated in the International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport for more than a dozen years and in 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013 he won The Marine Environmental Wildlife Award, and in 2011 he won an Award of Excellence. During the summer of 2008, The Woodson Art Museum in central Wisconsin honored Terry with a solo exhibition, “Unknown Bridges”, which included nearly 40 of his works based upon the more abstract nature of bridges and their structure. Also in 2013, The Woodson Art Museum will honor him with its coveted Master Wildlife Artist Award for ongoing creativity and exceptional depiction of bird life during this year’s edition of the annual exhibition, “Birds in Art” in which Terry has had a work juried in 21 of the last 22 years.
In 2011, American Coastal Art privately published the expansive collection of Charles J. and Irene Hamm in which three of Terry’s maritime works are represented.