Terre Jones Biography
Self Portrait, Bandelier National Monument
Terre Jones
My interest in photography has been indulged from the time I was first given a Kodak Brownie camera as a child. The desire to record images of life on film and now, digitally, has been patiently endured by my family. Over time, albums created have told a story and for me, each photograph captures the spirit of the subject. So from that point of view, respect and honor are integral to my approach in recording visual images.

Originally from Kansas City, my artistic life has transected both the visual and performing arts. I have two degrees in Theatre from the University of Kansas (where I was honored in 2003 with the Distinguished Alumni Award in the College of Liberal Arts). Color, texture and light, all intrinsic elements of my background in theatre lighting and design, factor heavily into the photographic canvas I create.

Whether it’s delicate lotus blossoms, sweeping landscapes, the parched earth of a dry riverbed, an ancient door or well worn face, these are details of life that photography inspires me to interpret. In a small way, photography has allowed me to express my awe of the human spirit and the natural world.

A recent sabbatical from my position as President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts allowed me time for a 19,000 mile solo drive across 33 states and through 88 national park sites. A collection of those photographs has been published in Roadtrip: A Photographer’s Journey to America’s National Parks. I am currently working out of studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Northern Virginia.

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