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Featuring the Work of Terri Wells

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About Terri Wells

In 2005, Terri Wells turned to creating art full time and painting outdoors on location throughout the U.S. Some of these plein air paintings are preliminaries she further develops into abstract sculptures and studio work. Her leadership revitalized Plein Air Austin and gained it nonprofit status during her tenure as president and chairman of the board from 2005 to 2008. In 2011, she received a residency from the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts in Utah and a yearlong assignment for the Cibolo Nature Center on private hill country conservation land, where she painted the four seasons for the Cibolo biennial. Terri grew up in two worlds. Her appreciation for nature was heightened by frequent hikes through the fields, woods, meadows, and creek sides surrounding her parents' farm near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Her appreciation for the arts and city life was fostered by trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and the vast collection of public art on display throughout the city. Terri finished her BFA in Studio Art at Kent State University after two years at Iowa State University's Design School. Morton Grossman, educated at the Art Students League, helped to provide her classical art education. She participated in the Blossom Festival School of Art, where artists Janet Fish and Dale Chihuly influenced her most. Terri is an award-winning artist who has attended workshops with some of the top plein air artists in the U.S.

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