Terry Cox-Joseph graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she studied illustration under Hans Spränger and figure drawing under Lee Bjorklund. As a child she developed a love of art nouveau, art deco and Japanese and Pacific Islander design (encouraged by visits to the Santa Monica home of her paternal grandmother). Terry’s influences were numerous and varied: Diana Thorne, Charles Dana Gibson, Walt Disney, E.H. Shepard, Joanne Scribner, Bart Forbes, the Wyeths and Maxfield Parrish.

Terry was a finalist for the 2007 and 2011 Hampton Bay Days Poster Contest. Her work appears on greeting cards, book covers, and websites. Larger projects include Norfolk’s "Mermaids on Parade" and wall murals. She divides her time between Italian Tiles and "fun" paintings using acrylics, watercolor, and airbrush. She enjoys working with unusual papers such as Thai banana bark, mulberry paper and Egyptian papyrus, where the texture both assists and provides an unpredictable challenge for water media and colored pencil.

Terry belongs to the Virginia Watercolor Society and is an artist member of Blue Skies Gallery in Hampton, where she participates in member shows and monthly themes.