Terry’s story is long and winding.
After many years of searching and confirming his identity as a member of a modern Metis society as well as a mainstream one,he is now producing work that reflects this ability to move in and through the diverse cultures he inhabits.
He has made works from small to large in wood ,clay and silver and continues to this day.
He has been blessed with a gift and he wants to see it used to full potential.
He gives thanks to the Creator ,his wife Irene and family and friends and to the people who seen the potential like Tony Hunt of the renowned Hunt family and others like Glen Rabena,Robert Davidson,Leona Latimer,Cliff and Tony Massey.
He is also a facilitator of community events, honored elder, story teller, and teacher with students of all ages and backgrounds. Terry plays and sings in local events. Terry has carved story poles in his local area and continues today to be very active in his community. Terry’s works are exhibited in Whistler, Black Tusk Gallery and in numerous galleries in the lower mainland as well as the Penticton Farmer’s Market during summer season on saturday mornings and his home gallery,open seasonal and by request
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1955, Terry Jackson began his artistic education at the age of 16. Because he was passionate and driven to learn of the last century’s Northwest Coast Native masters, he was accepted into as a student into the Hunt family and worked with other famous carvers like John Livingston, Glen Rabena and Francis Home. Terry became highly skilled at the nuances of the northern style of Northwest Coast Indian art. Along with his interest in The Northwestern art Terry also began to explore his plains heritage and more recently European scroll type design. Today with over 30 years of experience Terry skillfully weaves his teachings into a combination of what he has learned from these cultures to create extraordinarily beautiful pieces of art.
Terry has been truly inspired by the amazing Northwest Coast Indian Art works at the Royal Provincial Museum since these masterpieces were close to where he grew up. This profoundly influenced Terry not only in his work as an artist but in his desire understand the culture and the thought behind these pieces. This interest and respect for the master pieces would create a direction for Terry and his work for much of his life.
Terry now a grandfather is always happy to share his creativity and skills with others seeking to know more about the cultures and traditions from his background. His education was of the traditional kind as he learned from his mentors and now he is happy to teach others the same way that he himself was taught. Terry melds quickly with students of all ages with his soft voice, caring heart and quick humor. If he has a student interested in Aboriginal art or culture then Terry is there to teach.
Terry’s parents came from the Canadian prairies, his mother, Metis, came from the village of Plum Coulee, Manitoba, where Metis and Europeans settled after the Riel resistances. With a bloodline that traces back to the original fur traders as well as to the Cree and Sioux and a childhood spent on the coast of British Columbia Terry has a keen knowledge of coastal as well as Metis art and culture.
With his thirty year carving background Terry has combined his love of the Northwest Coast Indian art, where he grew up, his Plains Indian heritage, from his mother’s family and his European heritage from his father. His art successfully integrates and blends these cultures to bring them to the people today. His classes involve the classic skills that he has learned, history that he has lived and legends that he heard from the masters that he worked with.
Among the many pieces of Terry’s art that are in homes, business, and offices around the world. Terry has sold pieces to the late comedian and actor John Candy, actress Glen Close, actor Ed Asner, and Master Carver and designer Robert Davidson-Haida.
Examples of Exhibits, Shows, and Classes
1981 Art Show group exhibit participation …Hornby Island
1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, carved the bottom figure of the world’s largest totem pole
1999-2003 Designed and painted Aboriginal Wall Murals with students at West Boundary ElementarySchool in Rock Creek
2000 One Man Art Show………………Osoyoos Art Gallery
2008 Multiple artists show…Osoyoos Art Gallery
2009 Story pole carving with Xwa Lack Tun, Xuay, & Drew Atkinsin a partnership project with Boundary Metis Assoc., BANAC, School District #51 and Christina Lake Interpretive Culture Centre
2010-11 Carved Story pole with students and community…Grand Forks Secondary School
2011-12 Designed and painted an Aboriginal Wall Mural with students at Grand Forks Secondary School
2012-13 Clay Mural with students…Grand Forks Secondary School
2012-13 Wood Carving classes with students…School District #51, Boundary
2005-13. Taught multiple Aboriginal design, painting, and carving classes … School District #51
2013 Wood Carving Demonstration … SchoolDistrict # 10, Arrow Lakes