In 1947 my brother, Carlton and I moved to Los Angeles, where we went into the sign painting business, because we could not find work. Business was good, we got a car and then a truck and before long we opened a sign shop. I quit the sign business to go to College, I attended Los Angeles City College where I met and married Gloria Simmons, I transferred to Art Center College of Design, where I graduated with a B.A. in Professorial Arts. I attended Chouinard Art School, and later on I attended U.C.L.A. Graduate School
My wife Gloria and I have six wonderful children and 12 super grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Two of our daughters are professional Artist; Sharon is a Illustrator and Painter. Riea is a Designer and Art Director with a major motion picture company. Some of the grandchildren love to draw. And when I say, do you want to become a artist? They look at me and say in no uncertain terms, “I am a artist.” (smile)
I have worked in Advertising many years, as a Illustrator, Designer, and Art Director. I have produced illustrations and designs for industrial, product and entertainment advertising. Also, editorial illustrations, motion picture posters and concept ad design for NBC and CBS TV guide ads.
As a member of the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, I produced paintings documenting the history of the U.S. Air Force. That was when I decided I should be documenting African American History, though I had lllustrated school text books in the 1960’s, putting some black faces in the Illustration, this did not get to the issue of Africa, or African American History. So I made a conscious decision to document some African American History. The first series of paintings that I produced were about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. And that was during the 1960’s when the sit-in’s and marches were all taking place in the U.S.A. In the future I might mount a web site to show the Civil Rights Paintings.
The Black Cowboys was a series of paintings that I started to produce after one of my daughters in elementary school, turned in a paper about the Black Cowboy. The teacher who was white, told my daughter that, it was a nice paper, but there was no such thing as Black Cowboys. So... The “AFRICAN COWBOYS” paintings were started.
If you would like to see the kind of Advertising Illustrations and Design work that I produced check out My Portfolio web site. View MY ADVERTISING PORTFOLIO .
This Website ( African Cowboys ) is to recapture African History in the Old West and to allow others to tell known stories of African Cowboys who lived and worked in the old west.
Emerson R. Terry email@example.com