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Terry Honstead - Fine Artist

Terry Honstead

Bemidji, MN - United States

 
 
 

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Terry Honstead

Bemidji, MN - United States

Terry Honstead - Fine Artist

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About Terry Honstead

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.

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Fairy Kingdom Toadstool by Terry Honstead
 

Fairy Kingdom Toadstool by Terry Honstead

Amy's Kids by Terry Honstead
 

Amy's Kids by Terry Honstead

Femme Fatale by Terry Honstead
 

Femme Fatale by Terry Honstead

Kissed by the Sun by Terry Honstead
 

Kissed by the Sun by Terry Honstead

Ready To Go by Terry Honstead
 

Ready To Go by Terry Honstead

Let Your Individualism Stand Out by Terry Honstead
 

Let Your Individualism Stand Out by Terry Honstead

Triplets by Terry Honstead
 

Triplets by Terry Honstead

Guardian Angel by Terry Honstead
 

Guardian Angel by Terry Honstead

Prayer For All by Terry Honstead
 

Prayer For All by Terry Honstead

Gypsy by Terry Honstead
 

Gypsy by Terry Honstead

Stand Up and Shine by Terry Honstead
 

Stand Up and Shine by Terry Honstead

Innocence Lost  by Terry Honstead
 

Innocence Lost by Terry Honstead

Break Time by Terry Honstead
 

Break Time by Terry Honstead

Riding In Style by Terry Honstead
 

Riding In Style by Terry Honstead

Rusting Away by Terry Honstead
 

Rusting Away by Terry Honstead

Dry Docked by Terry Honstead
 

Dry Docked by Terry Honstead

Oh So Tired by Terry Honstead
 

Oh So Tired by Terry Honstead

Royalty by Terry Honstead
 

Royalty by Terry Honstead

My Flower Garden by Terry Honstead
 

My Flower Garden by Terry Honstead

Searching by Terry Honstead
 

Searching by Terry Honstead

My House Seussified by Terry Honstead
 

My House Seussified by Terry Honstead

Beauty and the Beast by Terry Honstead
 

Beauty and the Beast by Terry Honstead

A Winter's Morn by Terry Honstead
 

A Winter's Morn by Terry Honstead

Snow Time by Terry Honstead
 

Snow Time by Terry Honstead

Snapped by Terry Honstead
 

Snapped by Terry Honstead

Centurian by Terry Honstead
 

Centurian by Terry Honstead

Merry-Go-Fun by Terry Honstead
 

Merry-Go-Fun by Terry Honstead

Love by Terry Honstead
 

Love by Terry Honstead

Dragon Boat by Terry Honstead
 

Dragon Boat by Terry Honstead

Flower Stem by Terry Honstead
 

Flower Stem by Terry Honstead

Encaustic #3 by Terry Honstead
 

Encaustic #3 by Terry Honstead

Encaustic #2 by Terry Honstead
 

Encaustic #2 by Terry Honstead

Encaustic #1 by Terry Honstead
 

Encaustic #1 by Terry Honstead

View From Above by Terry Honstead
 

View From Above by Terry Honstead

Color My World 1 by Terry Honstead
 

Color My World 1 by Terry Honstead

Color My World 2 by Terry Honstead
 

Color My World 2 by Terry Honstead

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

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

Interplanetary Splendor by Terry Honstead
 

Interplanetary Splendor by Terry Honstead

Dawning of a New Day by Terry Honstead
 

Dawning of a New Day by Terry Honstead

Solitude by Terry Honstead
 

Solitude by Terry Honstead

Stormy Night by Terry Honstead
 

Stormy Night by Terry Honstead

Lean on Me by Terry Honstead
 

Lean on Me by Terry Honstead

Water's Edge by Terry Honstead
 

Water's Edge by Terry Honstead

Fall Festival by Terry Honstead
 

Fall Festival by Terry Honstead

What's For Lunch by Terry Honstead
 

What's For Lunch by Terry Honstead

Majestic Beauty by Terry Honstead
 

Majestic Beauty by Terry Honstead

King by Terry Honstead
 

King by Terry Honstead

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Look by Terry Honstead

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