An aspiring artist as a child and raised by an artist, it wasn’t until T. was in college that she took her first art class and where she began to understand the actual steps to creating a composed piece of art.
After being given a huge collection of art supplies T. discovered soft pastels. While in college, she studied masters and other artists. After painting a few pieces that she felt were successful, she started to stockpile her paintings. T. didn’t want to start a career until she actually had enough to fill a display and also the discipline to keep it going. T. feels that if an artist wants to be a professional then they need to treat it as a business. After several years T. began to see the drive and discipline she wanted to see within herself.
Currently, T. is painting series of water pieces and aspens. The way light plays across surfaces and shines through is what she strives to achieve. Working in soft pastels on suede is her preferred medium, “Because it is very workable to me.” She continues, “Suede is a forgiving surface. Soft pastel is very rich and leaves a deep true color on the surface of the suede matt.”
Although, one day she aspires to return to oil painting, as when she was in college, but not right now.
T. is currently displaying her artwork at The Artisan Gallery in Priest River, ID, the Wild Goose Gallery in Spokane, WA and in The Artists’ Studio at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint ID.
Art should influence your path through life. It can make you feel an emotion so strongly that you need to pause on your journey and just feel. Any piece that pulls me away from my trajectory and makes me stop, is something that I deem successful. I may love it, I may hate it; it can make me think or just exist for the moment; that is what I see as a success. When people are rushing by and need to stop for a moment to stare at my work, I feel as though I have arrived as an artist.
“Art is subjective but ultimately it is the free interaction that tells you when something is successful. An honest reaction to your work will teach you more about where you need to strengthen your technique than any educator.”
– T Kurtz
January - Denver Indian Art Market, Denver CO
March - Custer’s Spring Arts and Crafts Show, Pasco WA
May - Ellensburg Western Art Show and Sale, Ellensburg WA
May - Ritzville Art in the Park, Ritzville WA
July - Redmond Arts Festival, Redmond WA
July - Garden of Artistry, Sandpoint ID
July - Allied Arts in the Park, Richland WA
August – Eatonville Arts Festival, Eatonville WA
August - Artist Studio Tour, Sandpoint ID
October – Oldfield Fine Art Show, Puyallup WA
November – Custer’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Show, Pasco WA and Spokane WA
August 2017 - First Place, Paintings; Avenue West Gallery Juried Show, Spokane, WA
2016 - Best of Show, Pastel; Ritzville Fine Art Show; Ritzville, WA
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