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Terry Mulrooney Work For Sale
Terry Arroyo Mulrooney is an accomplished, award-winning watercolorist from Miami, Florida. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Terry has called South Florida home since early childhood. Terry finds satisfaction and inspiration in variety, and her work encompasses a range of themes and subjects. She creates floral still life, landscapes and portraits with equal passion, but she has a special affinity for capturing timeless moments and personal expressions in portrait form. Terry draws inspiration from many sources, including her travels in the U.S. and abroad. However, as an avid nature photographer and history enthusiast she is particularly inspired by the flora, fauna and iconic landmarks of her beloved hometown. “Miami is such a unique place.” notes Terry.
“As far as subject matter, there are literally hundreds of colorful, visually stunning plants, animals and landscapes that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. But, as a watercolorist, what most excites me about South Florida is its visual vibrancy. The colors here are crisp, bold and fresh, and the tropical sunlight creates these incredible light, shadow and color patterns that just beg to be captured on canvas.”
Terry’s strengths as an artist are her sense of realism, which she achieves with an impeccable attention to color and line detail, and her intimate understanding of the complex interplay between light and shadow. Her focus is on using contrast and light to create pieces that capture the natural beauty of her subjects.
It was precisely Terry’s affinity for light and shadow contrasts and color depth that led her to choose watercolors as her medium. “The translucent nature of watercolors allows for an amazing interplay of color and light,” Terry explains. “Even though they may be on top of one another, each individual color comes through distinctly on the page. I love how in watercolors, contrasts are made by the values of the colors themselves, and how just a touch of water can blend and move the colors, allowing them to flow together. I enjoy both the unique challenges watercolors present as a particularly unforgiving medium, and the opportunity they offer for self-expression and individual style. And basically, I love the look of watercolors. When done correctly, a watercolor is fresh, crisp and soft, and the colors dance on the paper.”
Terry’s goal is to master the watercolor medium. She constantly strives to learn more skills and perfect her technique, and to further expand her subject matter and the stylistic scope of her work.
Though her subjects differ widely, Terry’s paintings all carry her signature style -- an almost photographic quality with a feel that’s ethereal, yet warm, and inspires serenity and peace in the viewer. With discipline and focus, she bends and shapes the fluid and often stubborn watercolors to her will, settling for nothing less than an honest, yet lighthearted and affectionate representation of her subjects. Her work does evoke a definitive emotional response – however, any sentimentality is always tempered with a breezy, at times hypnotic tranquility or a touch of humor and charm.

Terry's Influences/ Inspiration
Terry is particularly inspired by artists whose work has strong composition and a captivating use of light and shadow. Artists she admires include impressionists such as Monet, Degas and Renoir, American portrait painter John Singer Sargent, photographer Ansel Adams, landscape artist Winslow Homer, and watercolorists such as Rembrandt. She has studied chiaroscuro, the artistic principle of using light and dark to add definition, dimension and realism to a subject, and applied it to both her photography and her watercolors.

Contact her at TerryMulrooneyStudios.com for any questions, comments or inquiries about her original paintings.  You can purchase PRINTS of her art at Fine Art America.

If you are a creative person, and have decided to share these creations with the world, you will experience rejection at some time in your career. This goes for performing artists, visual artists, writers, etc. Elimination is a must for many reasons: the acting roles are limited, the exhibiting space is limited and a magazine can't publish all of the stories submitted. If one accepts being left out for the reasons above, it makes a lot of sense and makes it acceptable. It is natural for the rejected artists to think that it is a rejection of their work and question their creativity. Let it also be said, though most do not want to admit it, that there is politics involved, even in the arts. It is not just limited to government. The right connection gets you in the door for an audition where more talented people may not have the opportunity. A bad piece of art may still be selected because of the prestigious name behind it.

Here is an example of the process and shows that the reasons for rejection has nothing to do with the painting, but with the factors and the people involved. A painting was submitted last summer to a show. It was not only accepted, but won "Best In Show". The same painting was submitted this past November to a gallery and was rejected. The quality did not change, just the person making the selection. Artists in all categories must have thick skin and high self esteem. If you create a piece that makes you happy and you feel you want to share it, please do so. All successful people have, at some point in their careers, dealt with multiple rejections. It must be used to your advantage.  
There are so many ways to get your art to the public for sale. In the sales process (my prior life), you must first get their attention, get them to see your product, like your product and buy your product.  So many people think it is easy to sell your art, well no it is not.  It takes work.  There are three reasons why people buy art: 
One:   It matches their décor/style in their home or office.
Two:   They are collectors and looking for investments.
Three: The particular painting calls to the person, or they simply like the art. 

So a painting that does well in one place, may not sell in another.  So getting your art out there is important.  It helps you to determine WHERE your art will do best.   I am here to tell you that it takes more than just getting it out there.  It is a learning process to figure out where your best audience is.  So remember that each of us has a style, use of color, medium etc. that could be attractive to an art lover.  What is popular to one person will not be to another.  So keep this in mind when selecting where your art is installed!

Terry Arroyo Mulrooney
Watercolorist

 
www.TerryMulrooneyStudios.com

Come back soon for more tips in how to become a successful artist!