Terri Akins grew up in Yakima, Washington and met her husband, Mike while attending Central Washington University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. After school, she and Mike got married and owned a highly regarded Graphic Design firm in the Puget Sound area. Terri, Mike and their son Gabriel then moved to Grandview, Washington where they have resided since 1993 and custom built their home with many artistic features.
In 1996, with encouragement from those who already appreciated her talent, Terri began painting as a career. With a love for florals, and an emphasis in exotic flowers, she captures each bloom’s unique qualities, close-up, with beautiful artistic expression and breathtakingly realistic detail. Terri continues to develop her talent with each new painting.
Terri also enjoys calligraphy, hand-painting pottery, mosaic art, graphic design, photography, running, travel and all things Disney.
Awards and Acknowledgements:
Juried Exhibition, 2011 First Annual Online Exhibition, Miami Watercolor Society
Featured Artist, 55th Annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition, October – November 2010
Best of Show Professional, 2010 Central Washington State Fair
First & Second Place in Professional Watercolor, 2010 Central Washington State Fair
Art Walk and Wine Gala Artist, 2010, Prosser, Washington
Featured Artist, Central Washington University Artist Alumni Exhibition, April 2010
Selected Artist, International Guild of Realism, 2010
Best of Show Professional, 2009 Central Washington State Fair
Board of Director’s Purchase Award, 2009 Central Washington State Fair
People’s Choice Award, 2009 Central Washington State Fair
First Place in Professional Watercolor, 2009 Central Washington State Fair
Art Walk and Wine Gala Artist, 2009, Prosser, Washington
Solo Art Exhibit, May 2009, Oak Hollow Gallery, Yakima, Washington
Solo Art Exhibit, December 2008 – February 2009, Kestrel Vintners, Prosser, Washington
Featured Artist, 2008 Central Washington State Fair
Art Walk and Wine Gala Artist, 2008, Prosser, Washington
First & Second Place in Professional Fine Arts, 2007 Central Washington State Fair
Grand Prize Winner of the Viticulture Contest for Professional Fine Art, 2006
Excellence in Art Award – Professional Fine Arts, Yakima Valley Society of Artists, 2006