Mary Terry Pilcher
Mary Terry Pilcher grew up on a ranch in the Susanville area of Northern California. She began working with leather before she was 10 years old. While in college she earned more money creating leather items than she could earn at any other job, and a career was born. After graduation from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Classical Music and Performance Art, Mary opened her first custom leather shop in Reno, Nevada. After relocating to Sacramento in the 1990s, Mary again opened her own shop, this time in in Old Sacramento, specializing in custom leather clothing and leather repair.
Mary spends her free time playing her grand piano and designing leather artworks. Recently the urge to create the items that she loves to design has spawned the opportunity for Mary to join the Artist's Collaborative Gallery.
I started taking a basic painting class at Davis Arts Center after my daughter started kindergarten, which was 15 years ago. learning how to do fine art was something I'd always wanted to do. Ever since I was little, I knew I was an artist. Growing up, I was a ballet dancer expressing myself through movements
with music. Now canvas is my stage. I pick up my brushes and let myself go.
Whatever the subject I'm seeing can be just a reference of what my inner eyes interpret and what comes out of the interpretation is something only I can create. J feel so fortunate to be able to do what I 'love to do. Thanks to my very
supportive husband and daughter, I'm on a journey of self-discovery.
Since my painting endeavor took off, I've taken many painting and drawing classes and workshops from various teachers. Some of them taught me fundamental basic techniques and others taught me how to transfer my love of color and energy into paintings and encouraged me to be out of the comfort
zone. I feel happy and content when making art and I hope that the art I make can give happiness and joy to the viewers as well.