Studio Selfie Saturday: Terry Strickland

Happy Saturday! Before we get to our selfie, an important reminder: we are just 1 WEEK away from the opening of Pay It Forward. This incredible show brought to you by the founders of Women Painting Women features artwork from 27 phenomenal female artists. A percentage of all sales from the show will go to one of the following five deserving charities:
The National Museum of Women in the Arts

The Carpenter’s Shelter

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

The Campagna Center

Alexandria Seaport Foundation

Principle Gallery is thrilled to be a part of this amazing event. Be sure to join us at the gallery next Friday evening, September 5th for the opening reception! You can find all the details about the event here.


And now for our Studio Selfie, featuring one of the artists included in the Pay It Forward show, Terry Strickland. Terry is a lady of many talents who currently resides in Alabama. After completing her degree in Graphic Design, she began a varied career which included work in the imprinted sportswear, gaming and publishing industries as well as courtroom sketch artist before devoting herself to painting full time in 2005. A skilled figurative and still life painter whose work gleams with beautifully rendered color and light, Terry is best known for her unique approach to portraiture and most notably her award winning portrait series The Incognito Project (read more about it here). Be sure to check out Terry’s two incredible pieces included in the Pay It Forward show on our website–the preview of the whole show is available here!

10 Questions for the Artist: Terry Strickland

  1. Fill in the blank: Paint is sensual.
  2. Cats/Dogs? Cats
  3. Your first car: Doge Dart, old as the hills, as we say in the south. It was a gift from my grandfather. My dad towed it to my uncle’s auto shop. Everyone worked on it, got it running and gave it a spiffy new, metallic burgundy paint job. The speedometer never worked, once you turned the wipers on you had to turn off the engine to get them to turn off. The passenger door would fly open on corners even if it was locked…She was my pride and joy. 
  4. Favorite painting music: I have several perfectly crafted Pandora stations. Adele, The Black Keyes, Florence and the Machine, Gotye.
  5. Your “spirit animal”: Red Fox – Because they are energetic, quick, thoughtful, mischievous and red haired.
  6. If you could time travel and witness an artist create their masterpiece, which work would you choose? John Waterhouse, Lady of Shalott
  7. All time favorite movie: I’m a huge movie fan, so I don’t really have a favorite but I do have one that is memorable. The first movie I ever remember seeing. Love Me Tender, Elvis, when I was about 6, the movie was at least 10 years old. I have a distinct memory of going to the drive-in, the heavy speakers attached to the door, the smell of the insect repellant oil burning and laying on the hood of the car watching Elvis sing to the girl on the big screen. 
  8. Place you’d love to travel to: A months long Grand European Tour, old school style.
  9. Morning person or night owl? Morning
  10. If I weren’t an artist, I think I’d be a superhero!

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