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Biography of Terry Donnelly

he Artist Terry DonnellyBorn in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, I became one of three boys to be selected at the tender age of fifteen to sit the entrance exams to study Art full time at Jesmond College of Art and Industrial Design, Newcastle. From there on I briefly worked in an Architects Office; moved to a design studio in Blackburn; and also spent a short spell in London during the Swinging Sixties.

Returning to Newcastle whilst working freelance for various design studios, I decided to devote myself to painting full-time. From this time forward, commissions included landscapes, townscapes, wildlife and portraits in a variety of mediums.

For six years I worked from my own small gallery in the heart of Newcastle, developing landscapes and scenes of Newcastle through watercolour and oil which proved extremely popular.

We have four children one of which lives in London and the others living at home with us. Our second son, Damian, is a keen birdwatcher and has gradually hung a variety of feeders, bird baths and boxes on the hawthorn tree in our garden, consequently on a busy bird day it feels as though I am working in an aviary as my studio is at the bottom of the garden but as distractions go it’s pretty good one!

Living in the North East of England for many people it means one thing – football! Our twin boys Peter and Tim are football mad and are great supporters of Newcastle United, so my wife and I are always being kept up to date with the ups and downs of their heroes. It is a busy household with lots going on and plenty of humour being bantered around. I like that; lively young minds can often infuriate, but can also be great fun and never dull.

I have sold lots of work over the years and many pieces have gone to distant corners of the world. My job is to paint, but once the work is complete it is then up to the general public to decide what they like. The idea of working in a cocoon without being aware of the public and their opinions is absurd, so whenever I receive a call or letter of appreciation I feel a great sense of pride and encouragement along with a slice of modesty.

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