Brooklyn-born Terry Winters is an uncommon and rare kind of artist. Deeply concerned with the process and philosophy of making art, he had been painting for 10 years before he showed his work in public. Born in 1949, US born-Winters studied at his local art school, the Pratt Institute, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts in 1971. During his early years of creating, he explored many aspects of the art-making process. Not content merely to paint, he delved deeply into how to create his own pigments, including biology and minerology study. Natural sciences heavily influenced his work. At this time, he was living in New Mexico, the landscape of which had a profound effect on him.