Terry Bean was born in St. Louis and moved to Arkansas when he was nine years old. He graduated from Benton Senior High School and the University of Arkansas with a BSIE and MBA. He then served in the US Army during the Vietnam era as a First Lieutenant. Afterward, he took a job with Alcoa for 28 years as International Technical Marketing Manager. His job took him to Europe, Asia and the Americas where he was able to visit the world’s finest museums and appreciate art from the masters. This experience inspired him to become a studio art major and take formal art instruction and become a professional artist.