Teri McCans

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Teri McCans
Millstone, New Jersery - United States




My experiences have shown me the best and worst of humanity. They have filled me with incredible sadness, joy, shame, and pride. Through my experiences in the military and as a firefighter, I have experienced firsthand the intersection of tragedy and beauty. My artwork is an attempt to process this dichotomy; to give order, cleanliness, and detail to chaos.

My compositions explore strained conflicts between stability vs. fragility, strength vs. weakness, and male vs. female. I translate my personal response to conflict through a meticulous control of color, a clean aesthetic, and a deliberate use of negative space.
Although I use a variety of media, I gravitate towards watercolor. Because of its calming and near-medicinal characteristics, it serves as a counterpoint to these themes. My presentation acknowledges the beauty that surrounds these conflicts and makes the work accessible.


Teri McCans was born in Freehold, NJ and now lives and creates in Millstone, NJ.
Teri draws significant inspiration from her two overseas combat tours in Iraq and ongoing service as a firefighter. These experiences give her a unique perspective on the world and affect her work profoundly.
Teri transforms her interpretations into a visual language that is accessible yet befitting the world’s complexity.  She finds immense joy when her work connects to those not accustomed to the world of Art. Although her work is influenced from personal narrative; her use of color, shape, and form is universal and recognizable.
Her early work reflected her upbringing in one of New Jersey’s oft-ignored rural areas. She examined the effect of nature on human emotion with the sensibility of one who has seen the destructive inverse of this relationship.
An avid world-traveler, her style continues to evolve as she derives inspiration from the many cultures she encounters. Teri hopes to elaborate on her experiences and continues to explore how environments impact and shape people.


2013  The Essence of Abstraction, Agora Gallery, Chelsea NY
2011  Community Arts, The SpringHill Marriot, Ewing, New Jersey
2011  The World As We Know It, The Straube Center, Pennington, New Jersey
2011  The Way Out is Through, Ewing, New Jersey
2011  TCNJ Student Exhibition, Space 112, Ewing, New Jersey
2011  Nothing New Here, Space 112, Ewing, New Jersey
2010  Source, Space 112, Ewing, New Jersey
2010  Movement: A Paraphrase, Space 112, Ewing, New Jersey


2014             Artwork Network, Denver, CO
2014             Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 - 2013  Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2012 - 2013  SOMI Gallery, Flemington, NJ