Hey there Terri! Where you from?
I am a mother, a wife and an aspiring Artist. I have always lived in the bush, born and raised within the Moree district.
You paint and explore the human form, as well as incorporating animals. Tell us about that!
I have always had a deep appreciation for animals. I find them to be very inspiring. So for me to paint an animal is a process of love and respect to the spirit of the subject. However my portraits seem to manifest themselves -I never have a set structure to them. In a sense I suppose they could relate to how I feel at times. They can often reflect characteristics of people in my life. My portraits are very much subconscious artworks, human and animal.
What else can you tell us about the creative processes behind your work?
My works are very spontaneous. I never really know what I am doing. All of my artistic knowledge has come from observing other artists and my own research. I am always open to learning, and I find that learning from other artists is the best way for me to discover my own style. It’s very easy to get caught up in the technicalities of the art making process.
What’s right? Is this good art? I found it to be a lot more enjoyable when I just let it flow.
My reference images are used as very basic guidelines, I try not to make these too detailed as that can become very distracting. Art is a process, so I don’t like to give myself the pressure of getting it right twice haha. Besides the best part is seeing the work unfold and come to life during the process of creation!
You’re based in Walgett. How do you think the lifestyle and landscape there has impacted your work?
Moving out west has been a very transcending experience and one that I am very happy that I did. It is astounding how such a vast and seemingly harsh district can also be so comforting. I have never been able to tolerate town living, so living west along the Barwon has been truly grounding.
Being a part of the Walgett and surrounding communities has boosted my confidence in not only myself but also in my work.
What else have you been up to?
I was honoured to be invited over to John Murray’s Art Gallery in Lighting Ridge recently, to push the boundaries of my artistic comfort zone and paint a mural. Over two very chilly days I achieved a goal that has opened up many new and exciting friendships. I had never painted in such scale but no matter how stumped I got, John’s wisdom and kind heart eased my worries and helped guide me through what was truly a memorable experience.
The finished artwork is a combination Portrait of an Indigenous woman alongside a cockatoo. Full of contrasting colours and light, it is a definite eye catcher that I am very proud of.
What have you got coming up?
I am currently working on my entry of The Outback Archies (Outback Arts’ annual art prize and exhibition); you can keep up with the progress on my Instagram and Facebook accounts. I am also working on my artist website and building my business one step at a time.
I am always working on something.
A lot of people think you need to be city-based to make it in the art world, what would you say the advantages are of being a regional-based artist?
I think perhaps the regional artists are appreciated more within their communities and surrounding areas. Cities seem to be crowded with artists and many are never recognised. Although the opportunities seem to be more available within the cities or larger towns, the culture and appreciation of art is very much alive within regional and remote communities.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I would probably be exploring other creative fields; there is a little art in everything you do.
Where can we see more of your stuff?
You can find me on:
You can also purchase my works through redbubble.com.au – just search my business name Galleri92.
Lastly, Beatles or the Stones?
I am more of a Creedence lady.