A Chat with Artist Charlotte Terrell

Art by Charlotte Terrell at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Happy almost weekend, friends! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. It was my recent honor to get to chat with new-to-SummerHouse artist Charlotte Terrell about her work and how art has become a part of her life! She was so gracious to share a little bit of her time with us to enlighten us and give us a glimpse behind her lovely work! I hope you enjoy this little chat as much as I did 🙂

LD: Tell us a little about yourself to help us get to know you! Where you’re from, about your family… all that kind of stuff.

CT: I was born and raised in Mississippi in the historic town of Columbus. I was an a great admirer of our handsome pre-civil war homes and gardens, especially Waverly Plantation from which I am direct descendant. There was not much art available to inspire me as a child, but I was enthralled by the multitude of amazing hand painted finishes that adorned Waverly in faux bois and marble. Perhaps this was a foreshadowing of the work I would do a decorative painter and muralist one day?

How long have you been painting?

I was always painting and drawing. As a teen, I turned a walk-in closet to my “studio.” Growing up I took art classes. After high school, I was fortunate to spend a summer in NYC painting at Parsons. My UGA landscape architecture degree required art studies, as well.

Can you tell us about the first painting you sold?

Though I was a professional decorative painter, I had not really painted in fine art in decades. A friend asked me to turn one of my decorative painted finishes in plaster and oils to something on canvas: my first mixed media painting. That was 2008 or so. These paintings caught the eye of a gallery and I was encouraged to do more of these mixed media works. Their exact words were “I think you got something here.” It was thrilling to say the least.

How do you stay inspired? Or what is your go-to source for inspiration? 

My love of 19th century landscapes is a never ending source of inspiration. I literally use my eye as landscape designer to to envision these ephemeral landscapes, placing a tree or creating a distant view as I paint.

Art by Charlotte Terrell at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

What would you say sets your work apart?

 My technique using polished plaster and layers of oils and oil glazes to create these atmospheric, dream like paintings makes my work so identifiable.

What else do we need to know about you and your work?

I practiced as a landscape architect for NYC parks for fifteen years, while developing my skills as a muralist and decorative painter. These two passions have merged magically into my artwork. I am both fortunate and grateful to be doing this as a professional full time painter, something I would never have envisioned for myself. Yet, it is like a hand in a glove.

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Charlotte, thank you so much for your time!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know about Charlotte’s background as much as I did. Her work is truly stunning! Stop into SummerHouse Ridgeland to see these works in person. You’ll be blown away!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in today. It’s always nice to have your company 🙂 XO! Laurel

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