Artist Terry Boutelle’s exhibit Treescapes: A Sense of Place will be shown at the West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1961 Centre Street, West Roxbury, now through December 31.
In the artist’s words: I look to nature for the lessons of creativity. Natural objects invoke for me a sense of history, beauty, wisdom, and the creative process itself. I often work with trees, especially birch trees and the image of the forest, as the subject of my artwork. Currently, I am combining media–using acrylic, pastel, charcoal and objects from nature on paper or canvas.
Besides being an investigation into surface textures, layering, and various ways of using the media, the work is also an investigation of the image of the grove of trees or forest as seen through a sort of veil, a visual distortion (or clarification) which represents “seeing” through memory, meditation, history or imagination. Sometimes this image is represented in the context of a border containing textures, fossil images, drawings, and objects from nature, which can represent the unconscious or subconscious sources of creativity.
Though largely self-taught, I have studied oil painting with Andy Taverelli at Boston College, drawing and mixed media with Robert Siegelman, and monoprinting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, painting and drawing with Cynthia Packard at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.