Episode 36 – Making Art on Your Own Terms With Terry Trambauer Norris

About Terry Trambauer Norris

The paintings of Terry Trambauer Norris are executed in oils using the traditional techniques of the old masters, infusing them with a modern sensibility and vision. She has been studying art since childhood, receiving recognition in high school and junior college before entering the Atlanta College of Art, where she studied design, painting, printmaking, and photography, emerging with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in 1985.

After college, Terry began a dedicated search for a personal language that would express her developing vision. This led her to traditional realism with an emphasis on light and composition.

Major influences are Chardin, Rembrandt,Vermeer, Whistler, Robert Henri, and Charles Hawthorne. This was supplemented with a home study course from a book by Arthur Stern, study at The Art Students’ League of New York, workshops with Gregg Kreutz and David Leffel, as well as critiques and classes with Ralph Bagley.

The still life compositions are painted exclusively from life in order to capture mood and light. The atmosphere and physical presence of the subject are essential to the inspiration. Sketches and photography are sometimes used when painting landscape, animals, or portrait.

Terry’s artwork has been shown in festivals, galleries, and national juried exhibitions, and has earned numerous awards. She has taught high school and college classes in painting and drawing, and conducted painting workshops and demonstrations. From 2001 to 2010, she taught at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, where she served as Director of Painting and Drawing from 2001 to 2004.

Terry now resides in Upstate South Carolina. She has been a Signature member of The Oil Painters of America since 2009.

In Terry's own words,

"Artist Statement The spirit that is present in the beings and objects that inhabit our lives is perceived by the heart, or the spirit within. It speaks to the soul through memory and imagination, as well as awareness in the moment. The painting is begun by rendering the light falling on an ordinary and familiar object or scene. The composition is refined by selective layering of paint until balance, harmony, and a subtle glow of light is realized. My goal is to reveal the quiet peace beneath the surface of everyday experience. Anything is worthy to be painted, and beauty may be contemplated everywhere."

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Email: norristt@yahoo.com

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Website: terrytnorris.com