Don Bourret


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Durham, Connecticut, United States

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Durham Connecticut, United States

Member since Jan 15, 2007
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Terry practiced as a Registered Nurse for fifteen years, gaining some fame as the "Duck Lady" for drawing cartoon ducks on patient bandages after administering an IV. Studying with Helen Van Wyk (PBS's "Welcome To My Studio") in Rockport, Mass. changed her life, and she left nursing to immerse fully in the study of art. Terry has been a professional artist and art teacher for over thirty years now and works in her studio at 73 Main Street, Durham, Ct. She has always been interested in the meditative practices of the art process and research on how the brain works. She uses techniques from Betty Edwards ("Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain") and other brain researchers and has developed her own methods to enhance her art study and that of her students. Working outdoors became a passion, and she is seen every year painting at the Durham Fair. She is an elected member of various art associations, including the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (NYC), New Haven Paint & Clay Club, Lyme Art Association, Connecticut Women Artists, Clinton Art Society and Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. This Fall she will be featured in the anthology "100 Artists Of New England" compiled by prominent author E. Ashley Rooney. She has been recognized by the National Arts Club in New York City, connected with the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, and has received over a hundred regional and national awards. Her work is included in the Connecticut Collection and is collected in the United States and Europe, including St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where she worked as a nurse those many years ago.

She teaches private lessons at her studio in all mediums to all ages, with or without "talent." She loves to help with portfolio preparation and creativity counseling, does pet and house portraits, and a special favorite, drawing and painting vehicles, especially old farm equipment. This website shows a selection of local scenes, florals, still lifes and animal work along with information about upcoming exhibitions and workshops. Contact Terry at 860-349-1485 or .


“I have studied with many fine artists over the years but my number one influence and mentor was my dear friend Helen Van Wyk of Rockport Mass. and PBS TV's “Welcome To My Studio.” She changed my life. Because of her, and with my husband's encourgement and support, I left nursing and became a full-time artist. She taught me how to analyze my work, how to study and how to think like a painter. My next important teacher was Charles Sovek, who taught me how to interpret with pure color. Then came another mentor and dear friend, Charles Movalli of Gloucester Mass. He taught me how to compose, be open-minded, be a better teacher and retrieve my sense of humor about the art world. Among my other influences, Charles Reid taught me a better way to draw. LeRoy Neiman taught me to have fun. Robert Henri taught me to paint studies and let paintings happen. John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and Edward ...