In later life as she was gathering and cataloging her art she realized what a profound effect those classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art had
on her own artwork.
When her own family began living and working abroad, she studied, taught, and worked in many art related fields in the former Soviet Union, Chile, Argentina, Panama and Germany. For twelve years abroad, she was exposed to the cultural currents in Russia, Latin America and Europe.
Terry produced, exhibited and sold her work in most of the countries in which she lived.