TERRY KESSLER SCHWARZ is a painter, calligrapher, illustrator, photographer and teacher. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA in printmaking/painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. She has also trained at Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in Italy, Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, Westchester Art Workshop, Society of Scribes, Dillington College in England, The National Academy of Design (studied with Wolf Kahn), and Bullseye Glass Resource Center. Her coursework has included photography, illustration, book design, graphic design, computer graphics, calligraphy, fused glass design, weaving and beading. She holds an art teaching certification for grades K-12 in four states.
Terry’s freelance work has appeared in such publications as: The New York Times, House Beautiful Magazine, Gannett Newspapers, Restaurant Business Magazine, Westchester Magazine, and Westchester Town Planner Calendar. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited in Westchester and New York City, and Ikenobo (Japanese floral design) has been shown at the Japanese Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Terry has taught art on the college, high school, middle school and elementary school levels. She has been a teaching artist through Arts Westchester, White Plains, New York since 1989.
Terry is an artist member of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Society of Scribes, Katonah Museum of Art, Scarsdale Art Association and Arts Westchester.
I am constantly in awe of nature, and its ever-changing scenery. Over the last few years, I have been inspired to photograph and paint the landscape elements of sky, water and land as observed during the various seasons and times of the day. The interplay of color, light, shadow, and reflective surfaces in the environment are vital elements in my images.
Just as I love to portray the serenity of the natural landscape, I am also intrigued by the frenetic activity of city life. Moving cars, reflections, soaring architecture, highways, and streets with scurrying commuters have appeared in my works.
Recently, I have incorporated still life elements and images of people in my paintings and drawings.