Terry Miller was born in Iowa, spent his school years in northern New Jersey and graduated from art school with a degree in Design in the late 1960s. After spending a number of years as an architectural draftsman working in Manhattan, Terry moved south and began a ten year stint as a special education teacher working with emotionally disturbed children in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. During those years, when not in the classroom, Terry honed his skills working with the medium of graphite, drawing when time allowed and finally he experienced a very positive reception to his work at his first showing as part of a large scale group show, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina in 1990. That year, he decided to leave teaching and turn professional as a full time graphite artist.
Since his graduation from art school, Terry has traveled extensively on the North American continent spending time in the Rockies, the western states and the mountains and coastal areas of western Canada. In addition, seven trips to eastern and southern Africa, primarily to the plains of the Serengeti and Nogorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania, the Nile in Uganda, the great expanses of the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the forests of Zimbabwe, have all added to his source file of reference material, sketch books and inspiration for his work. And to that end, translating all those memories and field experiences into finished works of art, Terry works exclusively in various grades of graphite portraying textural contrasts of wood, stone, water, animal hide and other natural elements, to bring depth, dimension and emotion to his works.
During his years as a professional artist, Terry has garnered major awards and has had his work added to private and corporate collections both here and in Europe, toured internationally in such well reputed exhibitions as ‘Birds in Art’ and the Society of Animal Artists annual member’s exhibition, ‘Art and the Animal’ and has had a number of works included in the recently published book, ‘Where Elephants Go To Die’, a book of poetry about Africa, its land, people and animals. In the late 1990s, Terry served as Artist in Residence at the Blauvelt Art Museum outside New York City for two years, his residency culminating with the well received exhibition, ‘Kalahari to Kilimanjaro’ in which his works on an African theme were spotlighted.
In the summer of 2008, the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin hosted a solo exhibition of Terry's works under the title, 'Unknown Bridges'. That exhibition, comprised of 40 works, spotlighted the abstract nature of bridge structure juxtaposed with the softer, natural feel of the animal world. A companion book of the works included in that series was published in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. And in the fall of 2009, 'Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow', was published by North Light Books and includes five of Terry's drawings among the works of the featured 100 artists.
Since the opening of the 21st Century, Terry has resided in central Maryland surrounded by new and exciting inspirational scenes that have slowly begun to work their way into his studio time, reflected on this site by the appearance of barns, new landscapes and the more domesticated side of the animal kingdom.