Terry C. Hall worked in land planning and civil engineering, heavily involved in the development of southern California suburbs and commercial developments, for more than 20 years. He worked with architects and land planners, creating the graphics and illustrations for display of these developments. Hall learned a lot through the discipline of that field, but eventually felt the need to develop my own career. Leaving the corporate world behind in the mid 90s, he co-founded a commercial art business in San Diego painting murals and faux-finishes for high-end clients and interior designers. Fast forward to 2006 when Hall took oil painting classes at college alongside his daughter, artist Whitney Hall, and that was the final catalyst needed for establishing a fine art career. He enjoyed studying under nationally-known artists with an intense focus on the foundational principles of fine art as well as the color of the California Impressionists and applying those skills, along with my earlier studies in life drawing, graphic design, and illustration, into my works.
Rising Star is based on photo of this young American Indian that caught Hall's eye with his calm pose on his horse and the majesty of his headdress back lit in the sun. The artist was struck by the reflective light on his vest and the transparency of feathers that are opaque in a normal view. Because of his youth, Hall felt it appropriate to name him "Rising Star", which could also be a reference to the morning sun behind him.