(b.1964) After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1990, Terry Miura headed out to New York City to pay his dues. There he spent six years working as a freelance illustrator, creating imagery for such clients as Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Random House, GRP Records, just to name a few.
In between illustration deadlines, he painted his beloved New York City, and began a career as a painter by showing his work in neighborhood cafes, hair salons, juried shows–all of which were plentiful in the Big Apple. Before long one of his cityscapes was noticed by a gallery owner, with his first ‘real’ show in 1995.
In 2001 his family moved to Fair Oaks, California, where he was immersed in the diverse landscapes of Northern California. With the mountains and hills of the Sierras and the rivers and valleys all around him, he turned to landscape painting which opened a whole new world of creative endeavors.
“I read in many a landscape painter’s statement that they paint the great outdoors because they love being out there in nature, or that they’re celebrating the Glory of our Creator… but I can’t relate to any of that,” Miura laughs. “I’m interested in the language of landscape painting, and how I might use it to explore the mysteries of emotions, memories, and identity.”
To that end, Miura does not limit himself to painting traditional landscapes. “I’m looking for subtle emotional responses, “ he explains. “I don’t get that from just trees and rivers. Buildings, people, atmosphere, light… any subject can trigger an emotional response. I’m perpetually trying to figure out what that trigger is.”