Terrell James

ARTIST STATEMENT

This three part piece was made in response to the maritime forests I observed in coastal North Carolina. Able to tolerate salt spray and sandy soil, the trees there are often dense, the pine trees, tall. I wanted to emphasize an illusion of depth, of spatial advance and recess, among the trees. As you walk up to, and around, the loosely hung paintings on canvas, I hope you can imagine the wonder of walking in and out of the trunks, looking up, listening to the caught wind in the tall tops, swaying together. The sea is nearby.

In my studio, I think about memory and place, and about landscape as a point of departure. The imagery is often abstracted from particular places, without actually describing or illustrating them. I am trying to paint, draw, and sculpt the essence of my experience, to share
it, in paint through light and color.

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