TERRY RAFFERTY  -                                                                                                       "Potions"                                                                                                                                               9 x 16"                                                                                                                                        $1,850.                           

Statement:                                                                                                                                           "I think a lot about why I paint what I paint.  On the surface, most of my work is of rabbits and mice, frogs and elephants - charming vintage animals that catch my eye.  But these are characters, interacting and telling a story.  Narrative still life is a wonderful vehicle for expressing or commenting on human emotion, impact, foibles and concerns. While each of my pieces has a personal interpretation, I intend the image to be just the opening line to the story, one that allows the viewer to fill in the details from his/her own perspective. Increasingly I find I’m painting stories that are positive, and hopeful.  Its my way of finding sanity in a sometimes insane world.  

Bio:                                                                                                                                                 Terry Rafferty, born 1954, grew up in Southern California but finds it difficult to stay in one place too long, living in Europe, the South Pacific, Washington, Montana, and New Mexico. She currently splits her time between North Georgia and a trawler along the East Coast.  Along the way she obtained a BA in Visual Art from Vermont College.  After working on her own and taking workshops with  a variety of instructors,  she began a mentorship with American Realist artist Cindy Procious, learning old master techniques. Working in oil on panels (wood, linen or aluminum), she uses those traditional techniques to great effect with contemporary compositions and subjects. Primarily using animal figurines, her award winning work explores how we share and experience our world.  There is a narrative in each piece, but one that is just suggestive; the viewer is invited to write his or her own version.  Ms. Rafferty is a member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists.  Her work can be seen at Bowersock Fine Art Gallery in Provincetown MA,  and Artists on the Loose in Chattanooga TN.