About Terry Torra


Terry lived in Sarnia, Ontario until he left and attended  the University of Western Ontario in London where he studied Visual Arts, achieving an honours degree.

In his artistic career, Terry has worked through watercolours, oils and acrylics, painting tirelessly over the years. After several years of exhibitions, he was retained by Art Dialogue Gallery in Toronto. Terry has had his work purchased by both corporate and private collectors in Canada, the US, China and Italy. Terry also received the City of Cambridge’s Bernice Adams Award for the Arts in 1996 and is an instructor in art related programs at The Homer Watson House and Gallery in Kitchener and at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre (The Button Factory) in Waterloo .

Primarily a landscape painter, Terry also explores many other types of subject matter that touch him at an emotional level. His work has progressed through various styles but always, subtle colour transitions juxtaposed with hard edges and rich textures have been dominant elements in whatever style or medium he is working in. Currently, Terry is exploring abstracted scenes of nature through the medium of soft pastel which he finds liberating. The spontaneity that this medium allows for intuitive colour usage and texture have created an entirely new body of work.

Terry is also a photographer and has exhibited and sold works in this medium as well.

Artists Statement: Current Series

My recent rediscovery of pastels has led me on a path of discovery in my work. The brilliant colours and immediacy of its expressive painterly quality has become the vehicle for more personal and communicative work. As a painter of landscapes, I have found pastels have allowed me to explore textural and colour elements easily and spontaneously while being more expressive with my  landscape subjects, primarily forests at this point although this inevitably will grow to encompass more.