Robert Terrell
Robert Terrell,  Galactic Snack # 3, 2003
Robert Terrell, Galactic Snack # 3, 2003, 15 x 30 x 3 1/2 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

My main artistic goal is to create art that gives the viewer that exciting feeling of "new discoveries" even years later. This may appear to be a somewhat simplistic art philosophy but I have found it to be quite challenging throughout my art career. I didn't consciously set out to make this my goal at first. In the early years I simply wanted to create art that moved me as intensely as did the art of Willem de Kooning, Picasso, Braque, Stuart Davis, Kandinsky, Matisse, etc. This artistic goal has revealed itself as I have worked as an artist, lived with the art, and continued to enjoy the art of others.

I strive to create art that is rich on many levels. By that I mean various kinds of richness. My art is rich in associations (you can see the movement of musical forms, the flight of birds, the heads of animals, etc.) On a more formal level it is rich in abstract design qualities, such as subtle color shifts, rhythmic textures, and painterly qualities, and rich with a synergy arising from the interplay of the 2 and 3-D elements.

This keeps me coming back to the creative moment again and again, where I am always being surprised at the discoveries to be made. I always learn from my artmaking that my creative process is larger and more inclusive than my brain and ideas. When creativity happens, it always shows its mysterious and astonishing side, to which many, if not most, artists will attest. Unexpected creative "events" are the glue that hold each artwork together, and make all the layers integrate into a creative, synergistic whole

— Lives in Lubbock, Texas

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