After painting “for the joy of it” for most of her life, Terry Sauvé moved to San Francisco in 1996 to train formally at the Academy of Art College. Here she honed her craft, studying with some of the area’s best painters including Brian Blood, Craig Nelson, William Maughn and Randall Sexton. In 2000, when she did her first public art festival, the doors to the art world flew open. She was immediately picked up by one Sausalito’s best galleries and has since exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the country.
Today she focuses on painting the landscape. Feeling a deep connection with nature, she is inspired by the natural light falling over a scene. Capturing this magical quality of light is one focus of her paintings, as is “pushing” the color found in nature to enhance the painting. Her method includes taking photographs, making sketches and occasional color studies on location. From these references she works on larger finished paintings in her studio. Here, she transmits what she has absorbed from studying color and light in nature into her paintings.
In a world in transition, Terry’s luminous landscapes connect the viewer with something both ephemeral as well as transcendent. Her images are archetypal– hitting with a deep emotional impact, creating a sense of harmony and balance. Living close to nature in Northern California with her husband, Paul and son, David, she paints the places she loves most.