Perceiving with the senses allows artist to bloom

Sandy Terry opens a show at the Sooke Harbour House

Sandy Terry's Tuscan Bounty.

Sandy Terry is on an amazing journey and she doesn’t know where it will end.

Her journey is her own blossoming as an artist.

After spending 32 years of her life as a teacher, she has now become the pupil.

“When I retired I promised myself I was going to paint,” said Terry. “I thought I would do it just for the fun of it then I realized I was winning awards. I always knew I could draw and I am a printmaker, but I didn’t know about this.”

“This” is a nature-inspired series of acrylic paintings of flowers similar to and inspired by Georgia O’Keefe.

She is drawn to capture the simple elegance in the curve of a leaf, subtle shifts of colour and the radiance of the light through the petals of a flower.

Terry will be showing her work at the Sooke Harbour House during the month of June. This will be her first solo exhibition and she is equally excited and thrilled.

“I’m so thrilled to finally have a chance to create!”

She has taught others to paint and her own exploration of that medium had to wait. She has since joined the Federation of Canadian Artists and came away with an Award of Excellence for “Acidanthera” in April. She has had her work in close to 20 exhibitions in the last three years, and has the awards from many of them. Sensate Florals opens at the Sooke Harbour House on June 3 with an artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m.

More information on Sandy Terry is available at: www.sandyterry.ca