Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.Terri Guillemets
In addition to being in private practice as counselor specializing in art therapist and equine assisted psychotherapy, I am a contemporary western artist. I work in an impressionistic realism style. It is a versatile and endlessly challenging style which depicts poetry of the subject and implies detail. I often employ the visual vocabulary of the viewer and encourage them to “finish” areas of the artwork in their own unique way. Through design, it is best to view my paintings with a little distance, while the brushwork and palette knife together create a textural variety and paint quality that entices a closer look.
The influence of my training as an art therapist has taught me to embrace the experience and process of painting. In other words, I am not overly interested in the finished work as a product – I am more interested in the knowledge and observation gained throughout the entire process of painting a piece. My paintings walk a fine line between abstraction and realism. For the most part, I paint with oils and occasionally pastel, charcoal or watercolor.
For the Love of Montana
My art work is primarily inspired by the beauty and spirit of the Montana landscape. I particularly enjoy plein air painting – or loosely translated as “open air” in oils. I enjoy the inherent limits imposed by time constraints, weather and light that force you to be intensely present in the moment, deeply focused and deliberate.
My love for animals also plays a substantial role in my choice of subject matter. I am the girl that never out grew that “I so freaking love horses!” stage. I was often chided as a child for drawing horses instead of doing my school work and to this day my work often features horses.
I have, much to my great delight, figured out how to work with horses in my therapy practice as well as including them in my art practice!