Mountain Trails Gallery

Terry Cooke Hall

Artist’s Statement & Bio

"My paintings fuse the memories of my childhood thru the mid-50s and 60s, my education in graphic design and illustration during the ‘psychedelic’ 70s, and a lifetime spent in the rural west. My figures are characters moving through a world of color and pattern, drawing the viewer into the romance and adventure of the west of my childhood. My style is crossover, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary while applying the foundational principles of design, value, and color. My subjects have roots grounded in the timeless traditions of the west, yet my approach blends in bold color, patterns, and textural elements that provide a contemporary twist. “Colors of My Remembered West” sums up my style as a look at the west viewed through the lens of 30 years of work in design and illustration."

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 50s and 60s. During the mid-seventies, a passion for art led Terry to numerous classes, workshops, and university extension courses in figure drawing, 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 murals and faux-finishing for contractors, developers, and private residences in Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County.

Since 2006, Terry has focused exclusively on the development of a fine art career that has strong roots in Golden Age Illustration and California Impressionism. Although she has studied under several nationally-known artists, she attributes most of her influence to Robert Moore and Michael Steirnagle, both of whom taught the foundational principles of fine art, along with the light and color of Impressionism.

After moving to Bozeman, Montana, in 2008, she and her daughter, artist Whitney Hall, founded Cobalt Moose Art Studios where Terry is a full-time painter.

Terry has been featured in several national shows since 2012: Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West 2014 & 2015, where she won two consecutive awards; The Russell in 2013 & 2014; The Western Masters Art Show & Sale 2012 & 2013; The 45th Annual Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Western Art Show & Sale; 2014 Small Works Great Wonders; and 2014 Coeur d'Alene Galleries Miniatures by the Lake. In addition for 2015, she will also be shown in The Heart of the West Live Auction in Coeur d’Alene, ID; The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, WY; and Traveling the West: Horses, Wagons, Trains, Planes, & Automobiles in Dallas, TX, along with repeat appearances in many of the other shows listed above.

She is currently represented by Mountain Trails in Jackson Hole, WY, and Park City, UT, Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, OK, and Dick Idol Signature Gallery in Whitefish, MT.


Back to Thumbnails