Jack Terry

Western Artwork

Real World of Art and Living the Cowboy Life.

"You got to live it, to paint it." That is what I was taught. I have been incredibly fortunate to experience the friendship and one on one inspiration and training by many great painters. A lot of my subjects are friends of mine. On trail drives moving cattle, round-ups and the full blooded experience of seeing some of nature's magnificence from horseback is what moves me. My pictures span from recreating authentic western history moments, to landscapes, Victorian images, street scenes and portraits. Talking with my paintbrush and taking people to a breathtaking moment on canvas is my passion.

Cowboys and Canvases, was my passion and by the age of 16 had won over 130 awards in art. At 26 my big break came.
I was named Bicentennial Artist of Texas. I had a one-man show in the Texas Capitol Rotunda and was commissioned to paint the late President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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Change of Fortune
Change of Fortune
Race to the Other Side
Race to the Other Side
The Cow Horse
The Cow Horse
A Charge to Keep
A Charge to Keep
All In
All In
One in Every Crowd
One in Every Crowd
A Cowboys Time to Reflect
A Cowboys Time to Reflect
After the Centennial Parade
After the Centennial Parade
A Grand View
A Grand View
All American Cowboy
All American Cowboy
A New Day
A New Day
April in Old Aspen
April in Old Aspen
A Season to Remember
A Season to Remember
Autumn at Big Bear Lake
Autumn at Big Bear Lake
Big Night in a Small Town
Big Night in a Small Town
Branding for the Boss Lady
Branding for the Boss Lady
Busy Times
Busy Times
Celebrate Life in America
Celebrate Life in America
Chuckwagon Serenade
Chuckwagon Serenade
Clearwater Crossing
Clearwater Crossing
Courtyard Fountain
Courtyard Fountain
Courtyard Garden
Courtyard Garden
Cowtown
Cowtown
Crossing the Nueces
Crossing the Nueces
Early Snow
Early Snow
End of a Long Day
End of a Long Day
Fast and Furious
Fast and Furious
First Ones There
First Ones There
Flowers for the Misses
Flowers for the Misses
Guadalupe Crossing
Guadalupe Crossing
Guarding the Gold
Guarding the Gold
Harbor Nights
Harbor Nights
Heading Home
Heading Home
Here Comes the Rain
Here Comes the Rain
Her Favorite Things
Her Favorite Things
Heroes and Legends
Heroes and Legends
High Country Cowboys
High Country Cowboys
Hill Country Homestead
Hill Country Homestead
Home From the Fair
Home From the Fair
Hot Pursuit
Hot Pursuit
In the Shadows of the Almighty
In the Shadows of the Almighty
Lady in Red
Lady in Red
Misery Loves Company
Misery Loves Company
Misty Trail
Misty Trail
Moose Creek
Moose Creek
Morning in New Mexico
Morning in New Mexico
Morning on the Merced
Morning on the Merced
Night in Old San Antonio
Night in Old San Antonio
Old Downtown
Old Downtown
Outfitters Hideaway
Outfitters Hideaway
Out on the Trail
Out on the Trail
Picking Up Strays
Picking Up Strays
Remembering Sunday
Remembering Sunday
Remembering the Old Times
Remembering the Old Times
Riders of the Mystic Canyon
Riders of the Mystic Canyon
Rustling Mustangs
Rustling Mustangs
Saddled in the Shadows
Saddled in the Shadows
San Francisco in the 1880s
San Francisco in the 1880s
Sierra Sunrise
Sierra Sunrise
Sleighbells and Moonlight
Sleighbells and Moonlight
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
Spring Reflections
Spring Reflections
Springtime Memories
Springtime Memories
Summer Shadows
Summer Shadows
The Boulevard
The Boulevard
The Last Bunch
The Last Bunch
The Padres Garden
The Padres Garden
The Working Pens
The Working Pens
Traildust and Raindrops
Traildust and Raindrops
Undampened Spirit
Undampened Spirit
Vallarta
Vallarta
When Denver Rode the Rails
When Denver Rode the Rails
Whisper Valley Roundup
Whisper Valley Roundup
Whitewater Crossing
Whitewater Crossing
Winter Shadows
Winter Shadows
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Jack’s maternal grandfather was a rancher and a cowboy who rode on some of the last great cattle drives out West. His paternal grandmother was a painter who vividly captured the people and landmarks of Texas. From his earliest childhood days, Jack Terry found himself immersed in the worlds of both cowboys and canvases. And from the age of three, he worked to perfect the talent that has made him one of America’s most honored Western artists.

Terry spent much of his youth with the ranchers and cowboys from his grandfather’s world, a habit he kept up throughout his formative years. Even after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, he took every opportunity to do day-work on various ranches in search of inspiration and new subject matter. While in college, Terry majored in journalism and minored in art. By the time he earned his degree, he already had paintings displayed in galleries throughout Texas. I’ve always been fascinated by the French use of light, reflection and shadow, which has influenced even my western art and techniques.”


 In 1976, Terry opened the Cotton-Terry Gallery in Austin, which he ran until 1979.

The places he has visited and people he has met inspire many of Terry’s paintings. “A lot of my subjects are friends as well as various ranches that friends own. I still like to go out and ride and work cattle. We go on trail drives and round-ups, which provide the perfect opportunity to take lots of pictures. Then I paint my favorite scenes and feature my friends.” Today his repertoire includes both the Western and cowboy art for which he’s best known, as well as landscapes, Victorian images and street scenes.

The Terrys travel extensively in search of new subjects for Jack’s paintings, and also to visit collectors and dealers in stores and galleries around the country. One of Terry’s admirers, six-time PRCA World Champion cowboy Larry Mahan is among those passionate collectors. As he says, “Terry captures the West the way it was and the way it should be. He is one of the finest artists of our day and a pretty good cowhand to boot. His horses, cowboys and landscapes are as good as it gets.”

Jack and Mary Terry have two married daughters and 5 young grandchildren residing near Georgetown and Dallas. Both families often visit the ranch and experience many enjoyable adventures. Jack’s hobbies include golfing, fishing and gardening.