For me, the creative process of Art is the place where soul meets body. I’m constantly looking for and finding Art in the changing environments of daily life. There are a lot of subjects I enjoy painting including still lifes, nature, and portraits, but I am particularly drawn to older man-made structures…signs, commercial buildings, houses, barns, doors and windows and other structural or graphic details...remnants of times gone by. Some of them literally take my breath away and those are the ones I paint. I love the kitsch and character and craftsmanship of these relics and enjoy giving them new life on canvas.
Terri Swaggerty was a sidewalk portrait artist at the World’s Fair, Expo ’82. She then became self employed as a professional retouch artist (pre computer era), specializing in photo restoration and hand coloring. She received state and national awards as well as the Tennessee Artisan Degree from the TPPA in 1998. She fell naturally into wedding and portrait photography and soon received 1st place awards in both Wedding and Portrait categories from the TPPA. Terri still works part time as a Wedding and Portrait photographer. She also shoots Fine Art Photography.
Her career had left little time for painting but in 2013 she decided to pursue a lifelong dream to immerse herself in Art and develop her painting skills. She began studying with local artists including Seth Haverkamp. Kathie Odom, and Connie Gaertner. Terri has shown locally at TVUUC, The Tomato Head Restaurant, and Artemis Gallery in Apalachicola Florida.
She was awarded a Jurors Choice Award in Allscapes Knoxville 2016.