Take a peek into what it means to be Terri Shay as we were able to catch up with the artist behind “Color and Organic Form” over a few serious and silly questions.
1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Terri: I’m not sure if there was a defining moment when I knew that the arts were what I was going to do long-term. It seems to be how I have spent my time and where my motivation stayed since my discovery of a blackboard and chalk in preschool.
2. What inspires you the most?
T: What inspires me most is nature. This happens in many different ways and is constantly changing. Sometimes it is imitating a landscape or looking at the shapes and repeated patterns in plants or flowers, but I continually enjoy being in natural surroundings and enjoying what it has to give.
3. What is your current favorite medium?
T: I think my favorite medium at this time continues to be oil. I like to visit other mediums like charcoal and sometimes watercolor, but I return to oil for its texture, versatility, and color.
4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
T: Mostly I listen to things that are put together on Pandora radio, I like Jack Johnson and Coldplay, but every once in a while I listen to yoga music.
5. What piece are you most proud of?
T: I think that would have to be a piece named Carnival Daisy, I think so far it is one of the more unique pieces I have done for its personality, its seemed to have a musical quality. It sold to a Dentist in Texas.
6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
T: I would hope that I have inspired good in what every form it shows up
7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
T: Not really, I might have wished that I had had more time to produce a greater volume of work before a given deadline.
8. a)What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
T: I had a respectable teacher and artist, tell me I was the most talented student they had ever had. I was incredulous, but very honored.
b) The worst?
T: Women made poor Illustrators, their work is weak (can’t hardly believe that one either) I guess the comment was not just to me but directed at all females.
9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
T: I would like to expand the area that I show any art, like a larger area in the Midwest region or more and I would like to start making larger works.
10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
T: Mostly coffee, but sometimes peanuts and dried fruit
11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.)
T: I would like to be either Wonder Woman or Xena the Warrior Princess. Flying around in an invisible plane and kicking a$$ is my cup of chai tea, so to speak. Love that question.
Big thanks to Terri Shay for taking the time for this interview!
Posted by Kailey Kirkley, Schmidt Intern.