Those who know Theresa (Terrye) Philley can testify that she has an eye for beauty and a passion for art that manifests in the way she paints and the way she lives. Her art is a reflection of her optimistic spirit and joyous heart. Her work is honest, tender, intimate, and personal. She paints the people, places, and things that inspire her soul to feelings of joy and love. In her life, from her volunteer work to the way she cares for her family and friends, she is always striving to see the light of the world as more powerful than the shadows. In her art she does the same, expressing these feelings of wonder and love on the canvas to share with others.
Her work is best characterized as emotionally expressive representational art and includes still lifes, landscapes and portraits in pastel, acrylic and oil. Her life as an artist began when she was young, finding ways of making her world more visually appealing. Largely self-taught, she was initiated to the world of oil painting in her high school art class then later through instructional books and art clubs. She began making portraits of her native Louisiana. The years working in youth ministry and raising a family took most of her creative energy. After retiring, she returned to painting. As her artistic impulse grew, she began her formal training with talented and successful art teachers. She joined the local art league and the Lone Star Art Guild and has served as an officer for Katy Area Artists. Her uplifting art hangs in the homes of distinguished patrons, family and friends across the country.