Tuesday 23 July 2013

Tell All Tuesday ~ Featured Artist: Deb Terry

Hi guys, welcome to a *royal* edition of Tell All Tuesday ...what? I'm pretty sure it's mandatory to stick 'royal' in everything this week based on my inbox, which is FULL of all kinds of ridiculous baby-related spam:
'it's a boy, now buy a toy'... well actually I made that one up, but I'm sure it could have been used!

The only royals here though is the artists and this weeks interview is from another lady in California (I think you guys must just have some excellent art groups there, there's just so many of you arting it up over there) anyways enjoy this weeks share:

Tell us a little bit about yourself & what kind of artist you are.
My name is Deb Terry. I've been married to the same wonderful man for 25 years. We have called many places home, including Germany for a few years and have recently settled in California. For the last couple years I have been fortunate enough to be able to stay at home and dive into the artistic lifestyle I have craved for so long. I consider myself a 'Jack of all Trades, Master of None'....There is not a craft or artistic technique I wouldn't like to try. But if there is one thing that feeds my soul it would be drawing. A pencil, eraser and paper and I’m entertained for hours, creating the images I see in my mind....sometimes they don't always translate well but then that's what the eraser is for.

What is the biggest challenge you personally face as an artist and how do you overcome it?
I am my biggest challenge. I am my own worst critic. It is a challenge everyday to silence the voices that say what I create is not good enough. I am a people pleaser. People's reaction to my art is very important to me...too important. I try my best to temper that aspect of my personality and realize the only person I have to please with my art is myself. I have the Vincent Van Gogh quote; “If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced" taped to my work table. The more often I fight through my insecurities and put paint on canvas the more confident I become and confidence is a beautiful thing.

What is your hearts greatest desire for your life as an artist?
To sell a piece of art. To know that someone liked a piece of my art enough to purchase it and place it in their home and that it brought them joy to see it every day.

What daunts you most as an artist?
Figuring out how to sell my art. There always seems to be so many roadblocks. Between business licenses and selling permits there's a lot of money that needs to be put out before you even know if your art will sell. It's quite an investment in oneself and I haven't reached the confidence level to do that yet.

Tell us where can we find out more about you & your art?I make regular posts at my blog. My blog has a lot of art on it but also flower gardening and the travels I take. The stuff that makes up my life.

Thank you bunches for sharing Deb. I won't speak for everyone but I certainly feel like I'm 'Jack of all Trades, Master of None' sometimes and if I'm honest I think to some degree that is often the lot of an artsy craftsy type. We may focus on our one or two main loves but we want to know a lot, to try our hand at different things and the time spent doing that can make us feel like we're 'dabblers' rather than 'proper' artists. But my opinion is also that by doing all of the things we want to have a go at it makes our skills more complex, our imagination open to more possibilities and our end results more creative, so we should get beat down on ourselves too much for being dabblers. 
Variety is the spice of life.

Do you want to be a featured TAT artist??
To be featured email me or find all the details here =)
(this week I've not caught up with TAT emails as planned, again don't worry I'll try and clear by inbox in the next week, once I've cleared all the royal stuff that is ;) )


  1. It is a pleasure to meet Deb today and see her fantastic art! Really fun designs! Jenny, I hope your today has been better than yesterday? We are all so excited for the new baby Prince there. I can't even imagine what its like in the UK. :-) (((hugs)))

  2. Oooh I love her art! Perhaps she should think about greeting cards and licensing at some point. There are so many directions to take with selling your art.

  3. Deb does great work and I love her drawings. We trade mail art all the time. It's nice to see this interview about her, she rocks. xox

  4. I love the blue mushroom house, I'd buy that!

  5. I love Deb's unique, funky, whimsical style. The technique is great and the themes are very creative and original.

    Isn't that what makes good art? I'd buy her work.

    I wish someone could help with all the legal issues around selling one's art. It's a shame when a creative soul is stifled by bureaucracy.

    Thanks for featuring her work, Jenny.

    Note to people-pleaser Deb: You've pleased this person with your art today ;-)

  6. I cannot thank everyone enough for your kind comments and suggestions. All of you put a huge smile on my face! Thank you so so much!!! Hugs! deb

  7. Another trade-Jack here, too.
    Nice interview. Love all the color. :)

  8. I subscribe to Deb's blog and I too love her art work. She encourages me on my blog and I encourage her. I guess that's what artists and artist-want-to-be's (that's me) do for each other.

  9. Jenny i have so enjoyed browsing your blog and getting to know you and your art. Thank you so much for having me as your Featured Artist. The feed back i have received here will be treasured! Hugs! deb

  10. you all should she her other art work. it is awesome. it is moving with a touch of whimsy. great interview deb.

  11. Congrats to Deb, I'm so glad to see her work featured!

  12. Wow! Beautiful! I especially love the image at the top, the combo of orange and turquoise is *dreamy*

    Daire x


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