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TERRY SITZ

TERRY SITZ

Artist Work

Lift Off on the Path to Wild Abandon
2015
Acrylic/mixed media collage
40x30in
Surrender in Red (you do not have to be good)
2016
Acrylic/mixed media including paper, shopping bags, vintage materials, fabric & found objects
48x36in
One Blink of an Eye from Brilliance
2016
Acrylic/mixed media including paper, shopping bags, vintage materials, fabric & found objects
48x36in
Bohemian Rhapsody
2016
acrylic/mixed media including paper, shopping bags, vintage materials, fabric & found objects
36x36in
Tenderhearted Warrior
2016
acrylic/mixed media including paper, shopping bags, vintage materials, fabric & found objects
24x18in
So Beautiful or So What?
2016
acrylic/mixed media including paper, shopping bags, vintage materials, fabric & found objects
36x24in

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
240-893-7914
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Being a sensitive person has served me well. As a kid from a family mired in trauma, I turned to drawing and writing to preserve my soul. And most importantly, I learned to notice what beauty I found around me—in the details. Some of my favorite memories were about what filled my senses: twinkling Christmas lights I studied from my bedroom window, petunias and smoke from my neighbor’s Camel’s wafting into one summer scent, the gentle voice of the baseball announcer whispering from the radio hidden next to my pillow. These sweet, tiny moments were gold to me. Learning early to have presence for these moments of wonder was a gift. My ability to be in the moment is the foundation of my art. It allows me unbridled access to express those things that often cannot be put into words or crystalized without working them through first on a canvas. In painting, I explore simplicity and beauty. Playing with colors and their relationships as they dance on the canvas. Making simple marks and shapes and abstracting and reimagining familiar forms. Despite what may appear rather simple, my works include many, many layers of paint/mixed media and often a myriad of found, up-cycled and vintage objects… items that one would not think as particularly beautiful, but upon further glance offer artistry to the piece: vintage stamps, old sewing patterns, grocery bags, typewritten pages from my mother's short stories, advertising materials, Tibetan prayer flags, the tag from my daughter's jeans and bits of fabric from old quilts. I hide precious things and happenstance bits of collected treasures. ​ And that is the crux of my work—that on the surface, beauty may not be apparent, but at a as you shift your focus, there is something there for you, insight, discovery, elation? As in life—with struggles, traumas, it is not all black or white—all good or bad--amid the many shades of being, as we grow, as we understand, as we find our voice and power, there is joy. Being a sensitive person has served me well. As a kid from a family mired in trauma, I turned to drawing and writing to preserve my soul. And most importantly, I learned to notice what beauty I found around me—in the details. Some of my favorite memories were about what filled my senses: twinkling Christmas lights I studied from my bedroom window, petunias and smoke from my neighbor’s Camel’s wafting into one summer scent, the gentle voice of the baseball announcer whispering from the radio hidden next to my pillow. These sweet, tiny moments were gold to me. Learning early to have presence for these moments of wonder was a gift. My ability to be in the moment is the foundation of my art. It allows me unbridled access to express those things that often cannot be put into words or crystalized without working them through first on a canvas. In painting, I explore simplicity and beauty. Playing with colors and their relationships as they dance on the canvas. Making simple marks and shapes and abstracting and reimagining familiar forms. Despite what may appear rather simple, my works include many, many layers of paint/mixed media and often a myriad of found, up-cycled and vintage objects… items that one would not think as particularly beautiful, but upon further glance offer artistry to the piece: vintage stamps, old sewing patterns, grocery bags, typewritten pages from my mother's short stories, advertising materials, Tibetan prayer flags, the tag from my daughter's jeans and bits of fabric from old quilts. I hide precious things and happenstance bits of collected treasures. ​ And that is the crux of my work—that on the surface, beauty may not be apparent, but at a as you shift your focus, there is something there for you, insight, discovery, elation? As in life—with struggles, traumas, it is not all black or white—all good or bad--amid the many shades of being, as we grow, as we understand, as we find our voice and power, there is joy.

Artist Bio

While I have studied various techniques under many artists, I am mainly self taught. Having grown up in a family of creatives (painters, woodworkers, carvers) my passions were lit early. Yoga has been a huge influence in my art as I work to peel myself back to very honest and real emotions in the moment. My work continues to be a quest for greater self awareness and boiling things down to a very core, primitive way of being. I love Picasso, Matisse, Basquiat, Rauschenberg, Havard, Modigliani--anyone who goes against the grain and dares to explore in unconventional ways.