In 1984, lured by the hunting and fishing opportunities, Terry moved to Turangi, New Zealand – the “Trout Fishing Capitol of the World”. In 1985, his fiancée, Jayme McLean, and he were swept out into the ocean while swimming. Miraculously, he survived after an epic struggle, but Jayme died.
Devastated, he moved back to Colorado and decided to create The International Endangered Wildlife Museum, to be located in Aspen. After getting a 501©3 non-profit status designation from the I.R.S., he persuaded world-class artists, zoos, scientists and government officials to help make the dream a reality. But after 7 years of voluntary work and few donations, in 1993, Terry was forced to give up that dream.
In 1995, he started painting with oils and decided to combine fish taxidermy (reproductions) with paintings in 1996 and created the first “Breaking Through” piece of art.
In 2000 Terry moved to Hawaii and settled in Maui in 2002. In 2003, he began experimenting with salt water fish sculptures, made out of steel and resin and in 2005 created the first, combined, fish sculpture and painting, called “Traveling Trout”. He continues creating art pieces that explore going from 2 dimensional paintings to 3 dimensional sculptures.