2015 MSAA Art Showcase Entrants
Terry DeMont – Tucson, AZ
Terry L. DeMont was born in Moline, Illinois, a Mississippi river town West of Chicago. She spent the first 35 years of her life in small community towns living in rural environments. Her artistic talent was noted early in life by both teachers & fellow students. When classmates would ask her to draw for them, she found great joy in getting such positive attention for a talent that came so naturally to her. Even in grade school she knew in her heart & soul she would someday become an artist.
In 1985 she decided to take her talent seriously. She took oil painting lessons and learned to paint birds, flowers, still lifes, and landscapes. She continued to paint out of her home while raising a daughter and a son. With encouragement from her children and friends she continued to take art classes at a local college in Illinois. An avid lover of nature and animals, she also took classes in zoology and became a docent at the local zoo. In 2000 her art exploded with bright and colorful abstracts. She started to integrate her love of animals into her art with a style resembling Pablo Picasso, one of her favorite artists.
After spending her entire life in the Midwest, a life changing decision to move near the ocean brought her to Jacksonville, Florida. She’s been affiliated with art associations in both Illinois & Florida, participated in local art markets, and displayed work in coffee shops and other businesses. Her goal to become a more publicly recognized artist was accomplished when selling a few pieces at a local Jacksonville gallery. Her “Save the Earth” series of paintings continue to attract positive attention and build public awareness in order to help save endangered animal species. In 2014, she moved to Tucson, AZ to be closer to her grandchildren. Here her art is inspired daily by the beautiful desert landscapes and animals.
Ultimately, her life’s dream is to have her own art studio, and to be able to display and share her artwork around the world.
Save the Bees
Save the Salmon
The 3 Bears