Terron Mitchell is a professional artist who specializes in “sculptural paintings”–three dimensional creations that are intricately carved out of wood and delicately painted with a combination of warm earth tones and vibrant colors.
Terron Mitchell was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. At the age of 18, he left Tennessee and moved to Delaware to attend the school of Arts at the University of Delaware. He received his BFA from the University of Delaware in 2003 and started building his own art gallery in 2006. Terron has been featured in the “Delaware News Journal” to represent the “Delaware by Hands” organization for advertising purposes of promoting juried art shows. His work has also been displayed in several juried shows on the Delaware State University and University of Delaware campuses. He has managed his own personal art gallery called “Mitchell’s Unique Expressions” in Smyrna, Delaware for almost 10 years.
Abstract art is Terron’s passion and purpose in life. He dedicates the remainder of his life to creating art for world to enjoy yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. Recently, Terron spoke to the Examiner about his experiences working as an artist and his hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to become an artist?
Terron Mitchell (T.M.): While finishing grade school I had a desire to become a Master Pianist in life. That dream was cut short when I started my college career and due to my very little experience with the piano the Master Piano Professor at Delaware State University REFUSED to teach me. That left me wondering what my college major would be. As I left that Professors class heartbroken, I journeyed down the staircase with my mind wondering what I would study. About to exit the building in my head lowered walk of heartbreak I glanced up for a moment. In front of me was the Art Department. I remembered in grade school I had a gift for drawing cartoons, flowers, etc. So I walked in to the Art Department and never looked back. As I learned and developed my artistic craft, I transferred to the University of Delaware where I had many experiences that ultimately developed me as a person and artist. The Professors at the University showed me in detail ALL of the rules to different types of mediums, tools, and strategies of making GOOD art. While making so called “GOOD” art I was ridiculed often by schoolmates telling me to “get out of the arts, it’s not your thing.” I appreciated the Professors diligence of teaching GOOD art and was shaken but not beaten by the ridicules of my schoolmates, however I felt a desire to BREAK the rules and develop a new innovative strategy of making GREAT art. My favorite classes were Sculpture, Painting, and Ceramics. I took these separate genres and consolidated them into one. The ridicules became ambition within my soul to work harder and MASTER the world of the arts. This is my mission. At this point, those who ridiculed me have since then spoken to me with apologies of being wrong, however my fire still burns with ambition to be one of the greatest, unique Artist that ever lived.
M.M.: Growing up, which artists/types of art interested you?
T.M.: Coming up in the arts I shielded myself from studying and learning other Artist works and/or styles. I wanted to keep my creative pallet clear and untainted from copying another’s style. However, after I found my own unique style I have come across a couple of Artist whose art I can say really impress me. They would be Non-Objective Artist Wassily Kandinsky and Jackson Polluck.
M.M.: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?
T.M.: My work is created with a medium genre I call “Seesaw (Life’s ups and downs).” Each production stage of my work is influenced by separate emotions. The final production is a combination of several days or weeks of different ups and downs coming together to produce a unity of one image. New Age music also plays a very important part in the creative movement of my work.
M.M.: How did you go about getting into galleries and/or public showcases?
T.M.: My Business Manager saw the potential in my work and told me it was a MUST to let the world know what I am creating. She (Jeanne Mayo) started applying for Gallery space and opportunities to show my work. To agree with her request was a GREAT decision.
M.M.: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?
T.M.: My favorite piece of my work is a free form sculpture entitled “Reality in Blue.” It was my very first wooden sculpture made with my new innovative ideas of combining sculpture, painting, and ceramics.
M.M.: What are your mediums of choice?
T.M.: I use Life itself, 3 types of wood (pine, popular, and oak), homemade oil stains, and stone finish spray paints.
M.M.: Are there any mediums that you haven’t worked with yet but hope to soon?
M.M.: How did you develop your unique style?
T.M.: I learned all the rules to making art and broke the rules to come up with something innovative and new. I also combined sculpture, painting, and ceramics into one genre.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving your artwork and/or being and artist?
T.M.: The compliments, sales, and desires to know more about my work I witnessed at the 2016 ArtExpo NY.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
T.M.: Practice PATIENCE, PATIENCE, AND MORE PATIENCE. Constructive criticism is not a means to throw in the towel on your art career, nor a means to change anything within your creativity–that which one person despises, another treasures. Use any negativity from people as ambition to Master your craft. Always express your inner most feeling in your work. Art is a gift, exercise it until it becomes a passion. Never be afraid of color and to show your work to the world.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
T.M.: I am currently working on a collection of work about “Patience.” I will be doing a solo art show at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE in May 2017.
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To learn more about Terron Mitchell, visit his official website.