Terrence PoorThunder, Painter
I have chosen to paint abstract, because I want to show people the way I see the world. I leave you with my favorite quote from my favorite artist:
“It is only too true that a lot of artists are mentally ill- it’s a life which, to put it mildly, makes one an outsider. I’m all right when I completely immerse myself in work, but I’ll always remain half crazy.” – Van Gogh
Aleathia Drehmer: When did you first start to have a keen interest in art in which you thought it might be your life’s direction?
Terrence PoorThunder: I grew up off 9th & Lipan in Denver, where I started with graffiti, but it wasn’t until high school when my art teacher inspired me to do more with my art. It was then when I realized that my art wasn’t just vandalism.
AD: Are there any experiences in life that have directly shaped the way you capture the world through your art medium?
TP: I’ve always known that I was different and that I see the world differently. I want to show people what I see. In hopes that I can inspire someone to take a step back and view things differently as well.
AD: What artist is your biggest influence and are there any educators who pushed you further in your craft and changed your perspective?
TP: My biggest influence is Van Gogh. He painted the world the way he saw it and inspired me to do the same. My high school art teacher pushed me to take my art to the next level and helped me see that I could be an artist.
AD: Your abstract paintings have such depth of color and intense movement. What types of paint do you work with and are there any special creative processes you go through prior to starting a project? Do you prefer to work in small scale or large scale?
TP: I work with many different kinds of paint. Acrylic, spray paint, water color, etc. any color that grabs my attention. Before I start painting I focus on one emotion and sometimes an image and just start. Hours will go by before I stop. I love working with both small and large canvas.
AD: What upcoming projects do you have in the works? Any gallery shows? Publications?
TP: I am currently having 2 solo shows. One at Adelitas Cocina y Cantina on 1294 S. Broadway. And the other at Hapa Sushi on 1117 Pearl Street in Boulder.