Terry’s childhood was spent in Canada, Ireland and Uganda, where she developed her interest in drawing and painting. She studied textile design at West Surrey College of Art and Design (B.A.Hons) and then at City of Birmingham Polytechnic, where she gained an M.A. in printed textiles. For several years she worked as a freelance Textile designer and illustrator, combined with teaching in various colleges and schools, as well as developing her own ideas.
She is now able to devote most of her time to the development of these ideas. ‘‘My work is influenced by everything around me, from remembered, fleeting glimpses right up to things I saw yesterday. This could be landscape, architecture, water, lights, a particular colour combination. I am mainly interested in exploring ways of conveying a sense of depth, form and movement using abstract marks and elements such as blocks of colour and lines. I use a range of materials and techniques to make my work, and over time have developed my own unique way of working. Intuitive decisions are made during the making process.''
Artists whose work has influenced her include Patrick Caulfield, Albert Irvin, Rothko, Patrick Heron, Barnett Newman, Gerhard Richter and Robert Rauschenberg.’