Wild west meets Gulf Coast: Local artist blends cultures

Terri Rector

Terri Rector is following in her father's footsteps as a painter. Her work blends western, Native American and Gulf Coast influences into a style all her own.

Jacob Fuller
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

Walking through Terri Rector's hallway to her home studio in Miramar Beach, it's obvious where her heritage lies and who most inspired her to become an artist.

Terri's walls are decorated with the works of her father, Joe Rector, a man of many titles — Cherokee, painter, Oklahoman and body builder, to name a few. When Terri was young, Joe was a school teacher, until he held his first art show and sold all of his paintings. That is when he became a full-time artist.

Now Terri, who owns a cleaning service, is trying to follow her father into the world of a full-time art career.

"It's been something I've wanted to do forever," Terri told The Log.

Terri has taken on a similar, yet distinctly different, style to her father's. This fact is most evident in a painting the father and daughter did together. The painting depicts a Native American father and daughter. Terri painted the daughter on the right half of the painting, and then let Joe paint the father on the left half of the canvas. While the halves complement each other to form a cohesive whole, they are clearly painted by two different artists.

Along with painting, Terri also learned the rare skill of hand-cutting mats for framing paintings from her father.

"I was one of the only women in Oklahoma who could cut those hand-cut mats," Terri said. "You see them on a lot of paintings now, but they are machine cut."

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