365 New Orleans: Terry Gaskins

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Fine artist and author Terry Gaskins has spent almost 40 years behind a camera and began her painting career after moving to New Orleans in 2004.

Noting that photography is in her blood, Terry started snapping photos when she was only 10 years old. It was a smooth transition to the camera club in high school to then receiving her BA in photography from Columbia College in Chicago in 1998. Post-college she worked for magazines, shot products, and did portrait photography. Having lost most of her equipment in 2005 to Hurricane Katrina, Terry almost called it quits.

Continuing to draw inspiration from the sights and sounds of the city and the region for her art, she didn’t give up her life-long passion. Now in the middle of a fantastic new project, you can find Terry shooting sideshow acts or burlesque shows!



1. Tell me about your work.

I am a street photographer. I did portraits and events for over 20 years. Currently I am working on a project, that I hope to do an exhibit on, that features burlesque dancers and sideshow people.

Folk art paintings are another aspect of my art. After I moved in the New Orleans 15 years ago, I got a permit to sell in Pirate’s Alley and then found out you couldn’t sell photos. That’s when my painting came into play. Many of them you may recognize, as I have the Praline Lady, the Pie Lady, Lucky Dog carts, Mr. Okra, and other New Orleans themed characters. My rescue dogs Amos & Lulu Bell are a large part of the paintings as well. They are my rescue dogs and their story goes along with the art. 

I also make lucky penny dolls. they look like voodoo dolls but these are for good luck. They have pennies inside each of them. We all need more good luck in our lives, and this is my way of sharing it.


2. How long have you been in business? 

Photography for 40 years. Folk Art for 15 years. The penny dolls I started right after the oil spill, whatever year that was.


3. How do people find you online? 

terrygaskins.com and Instagram @terrygaskins


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

I am available for commission work as well.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

You can purchase my art locally at Toulouse Royale Gifts and Secondline Arts & Antiques.

I have been published in two coffee table books with George Dureau.

I have written two books and have a third that was a portrait book. One is a children’s book about life post-Katrina called “The Very Big Storm.” You can find it on Amazon. The second one was a collection of stories examining how life changed for those affected by the storm, called “Going Back, Coming Home.” You can sometimes find it on Amazon or eBay. The portrait book “Lookers” you might be able to find on eBay sometimes.


Contact Terry directly at hotpixchic@yahoo.com


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