Terry Lee Artist
Terry has created a truly unique style that sets his work apart. Viewers and collectors of Terry’s work enjoy oil paintings that present contemporary realism with an impressionistic edge and have been termed, “A breath of fresh air in a world of sameness”.
Terry did not pursue art as a career until moving to southern California following a divorce. While there, he realized that painting was his “passion” and true avocation and decided to return to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho to dedicate hi life to painting in 1994. Impressed with Terry’s style, a wildlife collector approached him to do a painting of a very large Scale Elephant. He has since become nationally and internationally known for his “larger than life” images of African and North American Animals, which he encountered on numerous Safaris and treks.
Terry’s style of painting was created thru a natural progression of experimentation and internal feeling of color. His subject matter is diverse, ranging from beautiful exotic Serengeti scenes, lively and romantic Tuscan landscapes, bold prominent still life’s , and the Animals of the great Northwest where he lives. He has been compared to the “Fauves”, translated to English as “The Wild Beasts”, as they became well known as to their critics for their “wild” freedom of expression on canvas and bold usage of pure colors.
The starting point of fauvism could be found in Van Gogh’s work during his stay in Aries. Van Gogh has always been a favorite of Terry’s as well as Matisse and Manguin. His paintings are creative, strong and bold. And like the fauvists before him, his main feature is expressing color strongly.