For Teri McCans, creating art is an opportunity to transform her experiences into a visual language that is accessible, yet reflects the world’s complexity. Her work is a testament of a true dedication to being witness to the world around her and an obligation she feels to inspire others with her experiences
Following the tragic events of 9/11, despite her dedication to art, McCans joined the military, feeling a desire to contribute to the safety and security of her country. During her military related travels and training, McCans never stopped creating and she used those experiences to motivate and inspire her art. Between multiple deployments to Iraq, McCans received her BFA in Fine Art from The College of New Jersey.
McCans continues to draw significant inspiration from her two overseas combat tours in Iraq, previous service as a firefighter, and her current role in law enforcement. These experiences give her a unique perspective on the world and affect her work profoundly. Her work explores themes of conflict and the ideas of stability vs. fragility, strength vs. weakness, and male vs. female.
McCans’ art career has been continually developing and expanding over the past decade. She has participated in multiple local and international exhibitions, spanning as far as Lisbon, Portugal. Her artwork has been displayed in galleries and museums across the country, to include the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. McCans has sold her original works in galleries as well as to private collectors nationwide. She has published her art nationally and has donated her original work to charities and fundraisers.
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