Born in 1952 in Pendleton Oregon, Terry spent much of his youth outdoors in Oregon's countryside. His countless experiences have left a lasting appreciation of the wonders and beauty Oregon offers. Those experiences influence the subject matter in which he paints today.
Terry's artistic talent began to surface when he was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon in 1998. From that point, recognition in exhibits and juried shows propelled his work into commercial ventures, commissioned art and many exhibits.
Words like "peaceful" and "serene" are often used to describe the paintings of Terry Peasley. He creates the mood and atmosphere of his art by utilizing washes of two or more pigments which provide that uniqueness of interlocking colors. With a strong base established, he pursues detail in his art that sets him apart from many watercolorists.
Terry lives and works at his home studio in McMinnville.
With an emphasis on wild birds, landscapes, vineyards and farm scenes, Terry is dedicated to fine art watercolors, rendering the richness and beauty of the northwest. Whether it be close-ups of birds in their natural habitat or conveying the mood and harmony of northwest scenes, Terry attains great satisfaction in expressing his thoughts and ideas from his observations of the countryside.
Terry's personal approach to painting can be summarized by a quote: "To paint a mountain you must climb it, or you will not be able to capture its essence." Without such personal involvement in a painting, the life of the work will not come alive.