Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist Terry Smith:
Terry Smith has been attending Mapura for about two years. He loves the people, the sense of community and welcomed the opportunity of being profiled for Mapura News. “Art is really good for relaxation, calms you down”
Terry had his art exhibited at Artstation (now known as Studio One) and at Mairangi Arts Centre in 2013.
Terry loves a range of subject matter to help shape his artworks; from landscapes to drawing portraits with charcoal. He says he hasn’t settled on any particular genre, so allows the artist time to focus on the art of creating.
In the interview Terry stated “Art takes me to fantasy land” – a quote that sums up the effect of art making on the artist, and Terry’s landscapes on the viewer. The vibrant colours Terry uses in his landscapes create a realm of fantasy. One could easily get lost in Terry’s landscapes, imagining what is round the corner; stemming from what’s already been created. Terry’s landscapes come from his imagination, “landscapes are like dreams...the way imagination works….like all the images I’ve seen joined together”.
His charcoal portraits are amazing. It’s hard to imagine Terry hasn’t done portraiture before. The characters almost leap off the page. He has mastered the use of charcoal to make his portraits almost seem effortless.
Terry's life is centred on creativity. When Terry is not at Mapura, he makes sculptures, working in the steel metal industry. Attending Mapura gives Terry the opportunity to explore his creativity within an environment of other creative people.
I look forward to seeing more of Terry Smith’s art work.