Terence L. Smith
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California during the turbulent 60’s and 70’s civil rights movement, Terence L. Smith, a self taught artist who has been drawing and painting since he was a young child. This creative escape later turned into a means of relieving stress as he built a successful career in aviation as an electrical engineer, culminating as an executive with The Boeing Co. Until recently only his immediate family knew what a prolific portfolio of drawings and paintings he had accumulated over the years. As a self-taught artist he has accomplished all that he knows with the help of God and through a powerful passion and desire to draw and to paint. He draws and/or paints daily, and is always reading about art, studying works of others and experimenting and practicing different techniques. He paints mainly in watercolor, pen & ink, but also works with acrylics on canvas. Terence’s extraordinary and bold usage of color is clearly only one of the defining elements that one might use in describing the feeling and emotion that his work evokes. Over the years he has experimented with various styles while developing his craft. Most recently Terence has focused on colorful and emotional semi abstract portraits some with bold colored garments. An important aspect of Terence’s work as an adult is his strong belief that his ideas and creativity are gifts from God. He starts each drawing or painting with a silent prayer and ends with an expression of thanks, therefore there is a deep spiritual awareness that one discovers in his work. Terence often gets inspiration from the works of various artist. Some of his favorites are Jacob Lawrence, Charles Bibbs, Kehinde Wiley and William Tolliver. You can follow Terence as he uploads an almost daily expression of his drawings and paintings on his Instagram page @TerenceSmith58.
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