Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Tell All Tuesday ~ Featured Artist: Teresa Cash

Hello!!
Hi there!
Yolo Rolo! (...I dunno, just started saying that recently!)
I'm here!!!
It's Tuesday and I'm here woohoo!
That means it's Tell All Tuesday Artist Interview time!! YAY!
I've not been online much the past couple of weeks but I'm back now, and so I've got an awesome artist to introduce you to, in her words a lovely 'late bloomer', enjoy =)

Tell us where can we find out more about you & your art?
Hello…my name is Teresa Cash. I am a self-taught mixed media artist. I will readily admit that I am a creative Late Bloomer. I was 58 yrs. old when I finally let my creative spirit out. I did not know that I could draw or paint until that warm August day in 2011. I had no idea which direction to go but I was committed to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Knowing that eventually I would find my way. There has always been a small voice within my soul urging me to move out of my comfort zones and face my fears to realize my true creative potential yet for one reason or another I ignored the urgings. I was convinced there were logical reasons for me to stay in my nice little world. Yet I knew deep in my soul I yearned for more. I just hadn't realized how strong my desire was until I took that first step. Most of my art is thought provoking or delivers an inspirational message all of which comes from my heart to you.


What is the biggest challenge you personally face as an artist and how do you overcome it?
I believe my biggest challenge I face as an artist is overcoming the fear of being judged. It disguises itself in many forms so it often goes undetected. The more I stay focused on my reason for creating art, which is to inspire others, the less I care about being judged. When I know that I am doing exactly what I am suppose to be doing, fear has no place to reside. 


What is your greatest personal achievement either in your art, or because of it?
My greatest personal achievement in my art happened recently. (the detailed story can be read on my blog) I was working on a piece that I was extremely excited about. I felt it was going to be my signature piece-the one that would identify me as an artist. On the 3rd day was my final step, to glue the pieces onto a canvas. I did that and left it out to dry over night. The next morning I enthusiastically went to get the piece. I was utterly surprised to see the entire piece was ruined. It had bubbled all over it. I was really bummed out! Fast forward several days – there was a series of events that occurred to transform what was a negative into a positive. That piece is so personal to me and it carries a message that speaks to the very depth of who I am. As it sits on my inspiration shelf, nestled onto a small easel, it will serve as an ever present reminder to be brave.


Do you think you have achieved a uniquely recognisable style as an artist, or do you find it a struggle to find your own style?
Right now one of my biggest quest is to establish my style as an artist so that my work is recognizable. I am confident it will happen as long as I keep searching. I enjoy working with joint compound. There is so much you can do with it. And the texture is awesome. My second favorite medium to use is hot glue. This one I have been using for awhile but it still throws me a curve ball from time to time. Then there are those pieces that rock. I LOVE these flowers. There is so much depth to them. I am discovering that one of my strengths is drawing, particularly females. As with life – being an artist is a work in progress and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Tell us a little bit about yourself & what kind of artist you are.
Follow my creative path on my blogYou can purchase my art on my websiteCome LIKE my FaceBook page. I host a blog site where I share other stories about creative Late Bloomers. I’d love to share your story. 

Thanks so much for sharing Teresa, I loved your stories and especially your line 'when I know that I am doing exactly what I am suppose to be doing, fear has no place to reside' it reminded me of a quote I think you'd like if you haven't come across it already 'When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid' Audre Lorde. I've heard of many versions of this, from many different voices and I think they are all so right, when you focus on what your are doing, then you and your feelings are longer important in sight of what you are creating. I would also recommend anyone to check our your Late Bloomers blog as it is filled with some truly awesome work and stories shared from other creative Late Bloomers (plus'Give me a slow beginner and I'll show you a winner' is the tag/under-title line which I LOVE, that's reason alone surely?!)

Do you want to see your work here?
To be featured email me or find all the details here =)

4 comments:

  1. It's nice to meet you, Teresa! Love your work and also the fact that you didn't start until you were 58. I too am a "late bloomer" and just started drawing and doodling last summer and though I am nowhere close to being as good as you are, I still surprise myself as before I couldn't even draw a stick figure right. lol

    The main thing is - I am having so much fun and am doing things that I never thought I could do [with art]. I love it!! : )

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  2. I feel better! At 49 I am not late! i don't need to worry about "catching up".
    Great article!
    Angie (BritChickNY)

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  3. Glad to meet with such a great artist, love the 'late bloomer' title too, might just steal that one as I was 45 when I started trying.

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