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02 Aug Artist Spotlight: Terry Vedder

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

Even when I was young, I had a creative side. It took me a while to find a focus. Later, as an adult, I began to try different media. I have worked with a variety of mediums over the years: paint, clay, stones and even earlier, wire and cloth. I experimented with each of them for a period of time to see what would come of it. Now, I have the luxury of time to focus on myself and develop a style.

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words…

Adventurous, Imaginative, Playful

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

I have recently been exposed to the Art Form of Mixed Media which has sparked my interest. This Art Form uses a large spectrum of materials that can take many many forms. I enjoy the freedom to use a group of unrelated materials to create an expression. I like to refer to my work as “Assemblages”. It consists of hunting and gathering the objects and materials to be put together in interesting and curious layouts. I start with a theme and build upon, layer on to it. This result is a most unusual and unique expression. It catches the viewer’s eye and draws them in for a closer look. After a few moments, the viewer will make small discoveries and is beguiled into looking even more closely at the the details where even more discoveries are to be made.

Favorite piece you’ve created to date and why?

“Birds of a Feather”, one of the largest assemblages I have created and some of the pieces that I have made for friends.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Joseph Cornell, a mid-century artist of Mixed Media, and Greg Hanson, a Portland Mixed Media artist.

Biggest accomplishment to date?

Retirement!

Favorite location to create/what is your studio like?

In the Studio, I have inspiration everywhere. I take notes and bring my thoughts and ideas back to the Studio and post them in my art journal.

A random fact about you?

I have 4 brothers.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

Buddhas!

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

Several of the mixed media/assemblage artists that are my favorites are Joseph Cornell, Greg Hanson, Lauretta Lowell and Gary Reef.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?

I’d like to have my art shown in more places.

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