Trips throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in the family station wagon were a big part of Terry’s childhood, forming strong memories of the Southwest in the sixties. During the mid-seventies, Terry’s passion for art led her to numerous classes, workshops, and university extension courses in graphic design and illustration, including studies of the works of the Golden Age illustrators, a heavy influence on her current style. In 1978, Terry put her training into use by illustrating for land development firms in Southern California. After 15 years of the left-brain world of architects and engineers, Terry left her job and co-founded a commercial art business in San Diego County.
Since 2006, Terry has focused exclusively on developing a fine art career that has strong roots in California Impressionism. She has studied under nationally-known artists with an intense focus on foundational principles of fine art and impressionistic light and color.
Terry Cooke Hall’s figures in realism are set in an imaginary world of colorful winds or swirling skies, often backlit by an abstraction of the sun or moon. Her approach blends color, patterns, and textural elements, providing a unique contemporary twist. Her style is a look at her West viewed through the lens of 30 years of work in design and illustration.
Terry Cooke Hall’s work has been shown in many national exhibitions, including Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, Wickenburg AZ; Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Cody WY; The Russell, Great Falls MT; Small Works Great Wonders, Oklahoma City OK; The Mountain Oyster Club Art Show & Sale, Tucson AZ; The Heart of the West, Coeur d’Alene ID, and A Timeless Legacy | Women Artists of Glacier National Park, Kalispell MT.
Terry is participating in the upcoming First Strike Friday Night Live Auction at The Russell Exhibition, Great Falls MT; Montana Miniatures: Out West Art Show & Sale, Great Falls MT; Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Art Show & Sale, Wickenburg AZ; A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park, Kalispell MT; 10th Annual Miniatures by the Lake, Coeur d’Alene ID; and The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Cody WY.