I am an avid painter in acrylics and encaustics with an artscareer spanning 1980 to the present. My interests range through architecturalart glass, modern dance, interior design and graphic arts. Many of my recentpaintings are what could be called "atmospheric art", that is to say,works without central focusing elements that call on the viewer to move intothe field or atmosphere of the piece. These pieces usually have many layers ofpaint and medium that results in variable responses to changing light andangle.
My wife and I moved from Palo Alto to Sequim, WA in 2009. Ibecame clinically depressed that first winter. The psychotherapist said, "Dosomething with color everyday." So, I found a local art therapist whobecame mentor and friend. She got me going with pastels. Using soft pastels becamea core practice to fend off depression and to open emotional channels.Something got loosened up. I've wound up with a big pile of works; acrylics,encaustic, and pastels.
I have a very active meditation practice that stretches back30+ years with lots of intensive silent retreats. I teach "mindfulness" meditation in the style I wastaught, from Burmese and Thai traditions. Sitting meditation is enormouslyimportant and a rocket-booster for creative expression.
As a painter, I must feel life, the bodily tactile sense ofbeing alive, in order to bring out a painting. For me, it’s process andproduct, with a strong emphasis on process. Before I begin painting I may notfeel much of anything, and then I just spread some color. From that simpleaction there often follows a sense where to go next, or maybe not and Icontinue to just move the paint. Keep going with an open and shiftingawareness; inner…outer…posture…breathe…mood/attitude. Through the body, intothe eyes, back into the body. In this way, I’ve developed a practiced freedomof expression and sensitivity.
For inspiration, YouTube is wonderful. I love to watchvideos of painters, as they paint, some speeded up and set to music. It feelsintimate and personal to watch someone in his or her process, from 6 y.o.Aelita Andre to 80 y.o. Doreen McNeill, there is joy and freedom ofexperimentation. Doreen uses a mirror on her ceiling! A few of my favorites areJonas Gerard, John Beckley, Karen Hale, and Michael Lang, and MANY others.
I'm a semiretired psychotherapist and I love to work withother artists.
For more information on Terrance's work, to get in touch regarding commissions or gallery representation, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.