In 1974 Terry L. Dickinson left his position as a high school math instructor and began his art career painting murals in downtown Bay City, Michigan to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial. From September of 1974 to July of 1976 he had completed over fifty images of both local and national history. In 1978, the Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth, Michigan paid his way to Germany to study the murals that brighten the landscape of Southern Bavaria. Over the next several years Dickinson rendered more than two hundred images in the Frankenmuth community. Dickinson has exhibited in several international juried shows and was awarded recognition in the 2003 Northeast Michigan Artist’ Juried Exhibition at the Jesse Besser Museum in Alpena, Michigan, and received several awards at the art center in Traverse City, including top honors in portraits.
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Terry Dickinson is a painter's painter. His current gallery work explores deep color theory and impasto-style paint application via the subject of animals and landscapes. The subjects are used as vehicles to showcase unique relationships of colors and temperatures. Many works display an interpretive color application where thick, saturated pastels light up certain parts of the subject in almost psychedelic fashion. Other paintings, which display a more open landscape view, incorporate more subtle and refined texture techniques and dusty pastels, which create a certain mist or haze effect. Despite the bold methods of paint application, his drawings remain mostly in-tact, providing the viewer a representational journey of color and texture.