About the Artist
Growing up in the midwest, spending summers at the family cottage on the lake and the farm in Indiana instilled in Terry a love for the outdoors and the beauty of nature. From as young as she can remember, she has been drawn to the magic of creating through painting. At age 5 she was creating books of color washes from her first watercolor sets. Ravenously studying pencil drawing, watercolors, acrylics and then oils, she could never get enough. When it was time for a college education she set her artistic leanings aside and studied the evolutionary aspects of human behaviour, which led her into the jungles of Borneo to work on the orangutan project there. From here she began a graduate program in Anthropology before realizing that she had left a core part of herself behind. Deciding to follow her passion, Terry Sauvé moved to San Francisco in 1996 to train formally at the Academy of Art College. Here she studied with some of the area’s best painters including Brian Blood, Craig Nelson, William Maughn and Randall Sexton. Today she focuses on painting the landscape. Feeling a deep connection with nature, she is inspired by the natural light falling over a scene. Capturing this magical quality of light is one focus of her paintings, as is “pushing” the color found in nature to enhance the painting. her method includes taking photographs, making sketches and occasional color studies on location. From these references she works on larger finished paintings in her studio, layering paint and glazes to create depth and a sense of light. Here, she transmits what she has absorbed from studying color and light in nature into her paintings.
In a world in transition, Terry’s luminous landscapes connect the viewer with something both ephemeral as well as transcendent. Her images are archetypal–hitting with a deep emotional impact, creating a sense of harmony and balance. Living close to nature in Northern California, she paints the place she loves most.
1349 Ferguson Rd., Sebastopol, CA, 707-829-5941