I have drawn since childhood – since I could hold a pencil. Upon graduation with honours from Beal School of Art in London, Ontario, my career path took me into television news. For the first few years I worked as an illustrator in the news department. Forty-two years were spent in television behind and in front of the camera, cartooning and illustrating throughout. During that time, I wrote and illustrated two books www.terryculbert.ca. Today, I am a full-time artist, creating alongside my life partner, Barbara Högenauer, in our in-house studio-gallery Prince Edward’s County Studio. Utilizing my drawing skills and my love for colour, my works vary from whimsical to almost illustrative. Each canvas tells a story, often humorous, always bold. My paintings reflect my personality. One of my passions is travelling with Barb in our RV “Painted Lady”, capturing landscapes and people in my sketchbook, on canvas and through the lens of my camera as we travel throughout North America. I also do commissions, working step-by-step with my clients.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Terry is a member of the Prince Edward County Arts Council (PECAC), past Chair of 2014/2015 Art in The County and Co-Chair of The County Collection. He is a founding member of the Kingston Arts and Letters Club. Terry has been broadcasting since 2013 on radio, 99.3 County FM, hitting the airwaves every Friday morning from 6am to 10am.
Terry has donated works to the Royal Military College in Kingston, Amherst Island’s CJAI Island Radio and the Neilson Store Museum , Al Purdy Library in Ameliasburgh, the Lucan-Biddulph Donnelly Museum in Lucan, Ontario, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Picton, St.Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Lucan and the Township of Lucan – Biddulph.
Terry is represented by Arts on Main Gallery in Picton and SideStreet Gallery in Wellington, Ontario. His paintings are in various private collections throughout Canada, United States, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.
My first art lesson took place at a very early age in Berlin, Germany. My aunt, art historian and practicing artist, introduced me to museums, galleries and contemporary artists. The seed was planted but lay dormant for a long time. I like to think it needed to permeate before being realized. My muse is the natural world. I love the elusive quality of the landscape, the moving light, the mystery of what the eye sees. All this is stored somewhere subconsciously, together with images of years of canoe tripping through Ontario’s parks and rivers. My canvas typically goes through various layers of paint, building up texture with palette knives and various mark-making tools until the final piece comes into its own – a very intuitive process. The initial inspiration is the key to what evolves. I welcome challenges, often working with small en plein air studies, transferring those to larger canvases. I primarily use acrylic paints but also work with oil and cold wax medium. Attempting to interpret the natural world, creating work that evokes an emotional impact, is what intrigues and drives me.
My work is in private collections in Canada, United States and Germany. I am a member of Prince Edward County Arts Council, CARFAC, as well as associate member of the Society of Canadian Artists.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Barbara’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Art degree from York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her painting knowledge is derived from a combination of formal training, attending workshops with noted artists, extensive self-guided study, regular studio work and interaction with other artists. Her work has been shown in juried shows throughout Ontario. She is represented at Arts on Main Gallery in Picton, SideStreet Gallery in Wellington, The Local Store in Bloomfield and at her in-house studio/gallery she shares with her partner Terry Culbert. They live by the motto “let there be space in togetherness”.