Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Artist Profile: Terry Waldron

Terry Waldron
Anaheim, California

1. Describe your signature style in 5 words: fanciful, free, focused, upbeat, personal

2. Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? I love to draw. Drawing focuses my looking, and most of all, forces me to eliminate what's not necessary, and get to the heart of the matter more quickly. 

3. What's coming up for you in your artistic world? Lots and lots of teaching and speaking at major venues, some even back-to-back. Lots of traveling… I'm even more judging now for quilt guilds and county fairs, too.

4. Do you have any studio rituals? They are secret!

5. Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? Joan Colvin was instrumental in helping me focus on Nature, my favorite inspirer. Without her early presence in my art quilt life, I would have given up this thing called quilting in a year and a half after beginning it.

6. What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? My 8-foot-high design board, my fabric from Ghana, my hand-sewing caddy stuffed with my straw needles and every color of thread, my trusty scissors, and my comfy floor to sit on.

7. What is on your design table right now? Sadly, the beginnings of my best idea for a piece ever… but that hasn't been touched for too long.

8. How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc? I gave up on that a looong ago. One of the three always takes over for a while, and finally gives way to another… and so I'm always out of balance!

9. Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? I have several large woven African baskets that don't seem to be pulling their weigh in my studio, but I sure love looking at them!

10. What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? My biggest challenge was deciding if the foreground ought to be a reflecting lake or a rain-weary, muddy road. The muddy road with standing water reflecting the sunset won out.
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