Terry Haass studied in Paris before moving to New York. There she studied at the Art Students League with Will Barnet and met classmate Robert Blackburn. She worked at New York's Atelier 17 beginning in 1946 and helped direct it, when founder and artist Stanley Hayter (1901-1988) returned to Paris in 1950. In 1951, she returned to Paris to study color intaglio printmaking. The same year, a trip to Norway inspired the artist to create her Cycle Nordique series, printed between 1952-1953 at the press of Roger Lacourière in Montmartre, Paris.