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Terry Honstead

Terry Honstead

Bemidji, MN

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Art has always been a part of my life, and during the past five years, it has become an even more important part. If I do not find time everyday to do something with this work, I feel out of sorts, unable to focus. While I have a very busy home life with three young children who have special needs and who take all I can give them and then more, I feel compelled to take at least a small part of each day to replenish my soul with my art. To be able to take on the daily challenges we regularly face, I need to have these moments with my work where I lose all sense of time and place and pour myself into my art. These moments are like a soothing tonic that rejuvenates my senses. I take this tonic whenever and wherever I can get it. I steal time at odd moments during the day and night. Painting is my outlet and my release. It calms and comforts me so that I can rejoice in those around me.
My family and my space in this world motivate me. I feel so privileged to live in Bemidji, with all the outdoor beauty and small town charm that inspires me to do more and more. Along with the natural beauty I find in the world around me, I also find inspiration in my everyday family life. The joy of childhood reaches out to me. The hardships and triumphs of my children’s lives speak to me. I paint to express myself in a way that means more to me than words. Through my art, I am able to connect on another level with my environment , my family, and all aspects of my life.

My art is about life. It expresses what I feel about people, places, and experiences around me. In order to create a painting, I need to feel a connection with a subject and see what that subject means to me. I need to see and feel every detail of it. When I immerse myself in something that I want to paint, the idea for the painting becomes clear to me. Because I start painting without knowing exactly how it will turn out, as I put those first colors on the support, I am always nervous about what I am doing, because I do not know where I am going with it. But as I continue, one technique or color leads to another, and I just know how to move on. If it feels right, I can continue. If not, I have to set it aside until I am inspired to go on.

As I learn more and more about art, I try different and more techniques. I continue to use those that I like and discard those that are not a part of me. I am still experimenting , learning, and growing, so I like to try a lot of new things. How else would I become a “real artist” if I did not continue to learn? To me, art is life and life is art. We cannot have one without the other. Art is found all around us. How sad for those who do not see it. My life would be dull and listless without it. My journey into art has been a truly wonderful and exciting time of discovery for me.

 

Can't See the Forest... by Terry Honstead

 

Interplanetary Splendor by Terry Honstead

 

Dawning of a New Day by Terry Honstead

 

Solitude by Terry Honstead

 

Stormy Night by Terry Honstead

 

Lean on Me by Terry Honstead

 

Water's Edge by Terry Honstead

 

Fall Festival by Terry Honstead

 

What's For Lunch by Terry Honstead

 

Majestic Beauty by Terry Honstead

 

King by Terry Honstead

 

Look by Terry Honstead

 

Angel by Terry Honstead

 

The Elephant Watches by Terry Honstead

 

Two As One Revised by Terry Honstead

 

Eyes In The Window Of Time by Terry Honstead

 

Kinsley by Terry Honstead

 

Branchin Out by Terry Honstead

 

Under the Bridge by Terry Honstead

 

Journey by Terry Honstead

 

Summer Greenery by Terry Honstead

 

Two As One by Terry Honstead

 

Mother and Child by Terry Honstead

 

Viking by Terry Honstead

 

Birds of MN by Terry Honstead

 

Study in Blue by Terry Honstead

 

Daisies by Terry Honstead

 

He Loves Me by Terry Honstead

 

Abstract 1 by Terry Honstead

 

Sail Away by Terry Honstead

 

back of Welcome to my Lair by Terry Honstead

 

Welcome to my Lair by Terry Honstead

 

Behind Her Back by Terry Honstead

 

The Prophet by Terry Honstead

 

Dragon Time by Terry Honstead

 

Two Grandmas by Terry Honstead

 

Red Bird by Terry Honstead

 

Fall Fashion by Terry Honstead

 

Tranquility by Terry Honstead

 

Fun and Free by Terry Honstead

 

Beach Combing by Terry Honstead

 

Water Water by Terry Honstead

 

Blowin in the Wind by Terry Honstead

 

The Hole by Terry Honstead

 

Great Blue Heron by Terry Honstead

 

Geometric Flowers by Terry Honstead

 

Sun Through the Pines by Terry Honstead

 

TV 2011 by Terry Honstead