Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series, where today we are featuring Joel TerKeurst! Take a look at some original artwork by Joel, see his art studio, and meet the artist by reading his thoughts.
1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?
I’ve always thought that authors are similar to an artist. To take an idea, and craft it into a story or feeling that can create a whole new world. The passion of the story being told is similar to that of an artist putting down his paint.
2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?
The most sincere comment I’ve gotten was towards a large piece of mine from a few years ago. They told me it made them smile and feel good, because it reminded them of their childhood. They just sat and stared at it. That was pretty special to see.
3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?
I’m always willing to paint anything, at least once. But my true passion lies in painting nature scenes. Nature is powerful, yet can be peaceful. There is always some story to be told with it.
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?
The last piece of art I saw that blew me away was probably a large oil piece by artist Colin Mead. He shared a venue with me during this year's ArtPrize, and I was absolutely hypnotized with his beautiful landscape scene.
5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?
One thing I’d like to do is more plein air work. Primarily, I’ve always been a studio painter, but I’d really like to explore this more. I’d like to scout out more locations for more upcoming work, and this would be a great way to do so by doing it there!
6. Which artist do you like better - Ingres or Delacroix, and why?
I would definitely pick Delacroix over Ingres. When I look at Eugène's painting style, I feel like there was more life to his brushstrokes. Not so polished like Ingres' work, but more life and energy coming from it.
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