Many of Jack Terry's paintings are inspired by the places he has visited and people he has met. "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."
One of Terry's favorite paintings was inspired by one of the many stories passed on to him by his grandfather. The piece is entitled "If It Weren't For Bad Luck," painted in 1990. "It was based on a story that my grandfather told me when he was working cattle from the King Ranch and driving them up to Kansas at a time when Texas still had buffalo. During a big storm, they were coming over a hill - the cattle spooked the buffalo and there was a huge stampede - a story I recalled from an early age, which I later captured on canvas."
In addition to his many successful one-man shows and associations with galleries, Terry opened his own Jack Terry Fine Art Publishing business in 1990 with his wife, Mary. Since then they have published more than 65 limited-edition prints on canvas and archival paper. Each canvas is individually hand-painted to add highlights and texture and to give them the look and feel of an original oil.
Jack Terry's paintings hang in prominent collections throughout the world including The King Ranch, Exxon-Mobil, actor Burt Reynolds, Dick Clark, country singer Travis Tritt, PGA Champion Hal Sutton, Governor Ann Richards, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and President George W. Bush.
Today, Jack and Mary Terry reside in Georgetown, Texas. Jack spends as much time as possible at his 250-acre ranch - which Terry calls his "little piece of heavenA hard-working artist as well as part-time rancher, Terry has his morning chores done daily before 8:00 or 8:30 a.m., when he sits down to work in his studio.
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