Jane Terzis has seen herself as an artist since she was a child and has many years of experience as an artist. She earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned her Masters in Medical and Biological Illustration. Terzis began teaching as an adjunct for the University of Alaska and taught art to prisoners all over Alaska for 20 years. She began teaching with the University of Alaska Southeast as a professor in the Art Department, teaching drawing, oil and acrylic painting. “In art you express something you can’t do in any other way. It opens your mind beyond what you think is so. What we believe is nailed down in our lives, is just a part of what is there,” she said.