Born in Centralia, Illinois, Terri grew up in a family of six with two older sisters (twins) and a younger brother.
She spent a lot of time watching her father, who was a local cartoonist and oil painter, create his creations. Her father took time with her and taught her the basics.
She had taken classes in art and enjoyed oil painting but her desire was to write and illustrate children's books. So, Terri took classes in children's literature.
She illustrated a picture book for author; Michelle T. Carroll called THE INVISIBLE TRAIN, published by Crossroadspub.com.
Terri has written and illustrated three picture books (soon to be released). NIGHT FLIES and RAINBOW SPIDER are published by Crossroadspub.com. SUPRISE will be her next picture book release, also by Crossroadspub.com.
She helps her husband Terry (yes... their names can cause confusion at times) with their family business in Irvington, Illinois. Her husband is an encourager of her work (writing and illustrating children's books).
Terri has created logos for business's, church's and ministries. She has also created a clipart cd, which contains over 300 black and white Christian images. Work in progress is illustrations for a small wood toy company to create an Easter puzzle series.
She helped her husband raise his son, Michael, who has grown into a wonderful young man and together they have three enjoyable sons, David (13), Drue (8) and Dacota (5) who are a great source of material for her writing.