“I find (it) a completely enigmatic painting – absolutely magical”…Lucinda Barnes, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
“…a curious innocence – a spectral quality that’s very dreamlike. It’s quite cinematic”...Ned Rifkin, Director, High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
“One of Alaska’s premier portrait painters…characteristic of her painting style is her uncanny ability to capture the essence of her subjects’ individuality while also revealing how she, herself, feels about them.”…Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Museum Today.
“While Terzis’ portraits are engagingly painterly, with loose brushstrokes and bold color, what makes them so good is that Terzis can draw. She has a master’s degree in medical illustration from the University of California in San Francisco and teaches anatomy to art students at the University of Alaska Southeast. The solo exhibition program at the Anchorage Museum represents one of the most competitive and prestigious artistic opportunities in the state. Terzis has earned her place in that spotlight.”… Julie Decker, Anchorage Press.
“The portrait is a subject where the artist, if imposing too much of his own personality or technique, is at risk of failure. Consequently, we find some of the most honest and beautiful images in this area. Jane Terzis’ back of the head portrait, Nine Year Old Kid, contributes a contemporary take on the subject that is coy and humorous. Her confident yet lyrical brushwork renders a particular head that becomes youth in general.”
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Documents and Inventions: Art from the Permanent Collection, Images from Experience, David Mollett, Curator
“Throughout an artistic career that has included commercial and medical illustration as well as graphic design and collegiate-level instruction, Jane Terzis has centered her creative practice on the work that she began at age four: painting people. Learning to Live in the World presents a collection of tender and introspective portraits of characters who exist within the realm of each painting and capture the challenges of living in today’s world. While nearly all of the faces in this series are fictional, Terzis doesn’t question why she paints what she paints ‘but in the end the people in these paintings are self-portraits, as most artworks tend to be.’” Springfield, Oregon Arts Commission, Amber Fossen, press release for Terzis solo exhibition: Learning To Live In The World.