Terri Ford collage

Featured Pastel Artist: Terri Ford


Terri Ford is a native Californian, she attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and she is living in San Jose. Terri has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Mexico and her pastel paintings include landscapes, portraits, the splendors of Paris, the backroads of France, and Italy… She likes the play of light in a different conditions and is greatly inspired by old architecture; barns, bridges, missions, cathedrals, clock towers, turrets and spires. I especially like her surprising use of vibrant colors like the painting Fishing nets which I can’t stop starring at :).
Terri’s pastel paintings have gained national and international recognition. She was conferred the title Masters Circle by the IAPS in 2007. She has been awarded Distinguished Pastellist status by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Mexico & Sierra Pastel Society. Terri teaches plein air workshops in California and abroad. She was a demonstrator at the IAPS Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, NM, May 2009.

“My passion for pastels never subsides. It becomes more intense as I continue my journey with them.The tactile nature of pastel in hand, the surface, with nothing in between continues to excite me. My work is driven by drama of light, and a poetic resonance in a subject.”

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2 thoughts on “Featured Pastel Artist: Terri Ford”

  1. I love Terri’s style and of course her use of color. I have saved three of her paintings to my desktop, just to occasionally look and be inspired. Thank you for this article.

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