Terry Hager (b. 1960) was born in North Dakota and spent most of his childhood growing up an hour away from the Badlands where he spent time during his youth hunting, hiking, camping and enjoying the many views of massive prairies and colorful rock formations. “Terry is genetically rooted to the land and it’s rhythms, through his family who farmed the steeps of Russia before moving to North Dakota a century ago to farm that same type of ecosystem.” He remembers at an early age his teachers would comment about his talent for drawing and painting and felt encouraged early on to make art, but at the same time remembers being reprimanded for doodling in class when he was supposed to be listening.
After spending some time in Europe in the military and seeing some great works of art throughout his journeys, Terry enrolled At North Dakota State University where his love for art was nurtured and defined and soon he began to mature as a young Artist in the visual arts program where in 1986 he received his Bachelor’s of Art degree.
Terry wanted to furthered pursued his ambitions in art and applied to graduate school’s soon after his undergraduate studies at NDSU and was offered a teaching assistantship at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln Nebraska.
By now Terry had honed his skills as an excellent draftsman with a great visual acuity in composition and color theory and applied these skills in the studies of painting where he studied all the aspects of the craft and is where he found his love as a painter. Terry believes as a painter, one should record what surrounds him and how it connects to him in a visual statement.
As a traditionalist at heart he devoted much of his time learning the techniques of the early Dutch and Flemish painters, and early 19th century Hudson River School Painters, and now following the more present movement, the Hudson River School Fellowship Painters. Terry likes to stay true to the fundamentals in painting and has a strong conviction that communicating a great visual experience should always include great draftsmanship, composition, design and color theory. His desire as an Artist is to portray through his paintings a positive and uplifting mood that will inspire and at the same time move the viewer through the space that he masterly creates.
Terry’s current works are represented by a group of paintings depicting his love for the land as these paintings of Nebraska landscapes tell the story of his connection to the land where he lives and his visual beliefs as he visually creates.
Terry resides in Nebraska City, Nebraska with his wife Denice. He has taught at both NDSU and UNL along with private lessons in his studio. He has won awards in many national and International juried competitions for his painting and drawings. His work has been shown in numerous galleries throughout the US and has also shown Internationally.
Terry is currently represented by the Connect Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska and the Grove Gallery in Nebraska City with works represented in private and corporate collections, both Nationally and Internationally.