Today we’d like to introduce you to Terrell Weathersby.
Terrell, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a self-taught artist from Jackson, MS. My wife and I relocated to McKinney, TX in 2018, so we could pursue better opportunities in our respective professions.
I have always engaged in some form of artistic activity whether it be singing, writing or drawing, but in 2006 I allowed the negativity from an art teacher stunt my growth. I stopped drawing because I had no motivation to do so. Five years later another teacher, Ms. Brownlee at Mississippi State, encouraged me to pick up my pencil again and use every skill I have for the good because I will never know when it will come in handy.
In fact one year later, I realized the impact of art when I worked with adolescents in a behavioral hospital in 2012. Initially, I worked the night shift and drew pictures to stay awake. Eventually, the children took notice and things took off from there. I used art as an incentive to keep the kids on task and learn new ways to attack obstacles. I began teaching art to the kids and noticed that they became more patient and understanding that not all things will go their way, but yet they can still appreciate the outcome.
In 2015, I realized that majority of my ideas were starting to manifest into pictures instead of poems. So with each picture I wanted to add a backstory, or hidden detail that would change the meaning of the picture when discovered. I also decided it was time to display my art to the general public. I began sharing via social media and networking with others who were already established in the community.
The following year, I decided I would take on a new challenge and try my hand at painting. I learned that there are so many lessons that we all can learn from with painting, such as flowing with mistakes instead of trying to cover it up, learning from past experiences, etc.
The past two years, I have been growing my name and building relationships with the amazing artists here in DFW. I feel confident when I say I have a new drive to constantly create, now that I have more positive people with similar mindsets surrounding and supporting me.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I was younger, I would always compare my work to my parents, cousins, etc. and therefore I would devalue my work. Around 2015 I accepted the fact that we are all gifted at our own style and must perfect our unique gift.
As mentioned before in 2006, I stopped all visual art after my freshman year at Hinds CC. My teacher never encouraged me to do better, rarely gave insight as to how I could get better, my work was just wrong. One day a friend of hers entered the class and profiled me as another black kid up to no good wearing his hat backwards. She agreed to his statement that we couldn’t wear hats backwards in class. Both of them went across the room and complimented my classmate who was wearing similar attire hat backwards and all, no mention of it. At that point, I checked out. Years later I went through my portfolio and saw where I blatantly stopped working on assignments. I literally drew myself asleep in her class and turned it in for a grade. Other years I excelled in art.
So, overcoming negativity and learning how to deal with others input was a big step for me.
Terrell Weathersby Art – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in acrylic painting, graphite/charcoal/pastel drawings. My goals is to remain affordable yet respectable. I want my work to hang in every state in the U.S.
I want viewers to feel my work and get the push they needed to complete the goal they have been planning to start but could never work up the courage to do so. I want to be a POSITIVE MOTIVATOR. I want everyone to know we all start small and maybe insecure, but with patience, practice, and time we can reach higher heights and learn new things about ourselves we never imagined.
Each of my custom works has a background story of personal experiences or random thoughts that wanted to be released. I aim to send a positive, realistic, or empowering message with every picture that is created.
I believe that there is an artist in everyone despite what the work may look like on paper, canvas, or any other display item, I know that it’s not about competition or comparisons, but the appreciation of one’s work is the appreciation of one’s self.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Seeing the students, I’ve worked with in the past gravitate towards art. I love each time they urgently met me to show off a picture they had worked on in their free time.
- Custom work varies depending on the size,all custom work requires a 30% nonrefundable deposit
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