As the child of an Air Force officer, Teri Kidd spent just a short time in the city of her birth, Urbana, Illinois, when the family was off again, moving from one end of the country to the other and all points in between. Growing up amid the incredible diversity of regional cultures, she learned to see people as individuals, defined by their differences and unconsciously used the inevitable isolation of always being “that new kid” to develop exceptional observation skills and a keen imagination. Her parent’s willingly indulged her passion for the arts as she began to define herself against an ever changing background.

Teri’s artwork reflects her design and graphic art training and revels in Kandinsky’s theories regarding the vibration qualities of color placement and combination. Figurative work includes an extended series of portraits. Companions cast light on the interplay between external and internal being with direct and dramatic simplicity. “These portraits capture my interpretation of the interior self’s incomparable individuality and immense vitality as it strives to assert itself within the human form.”

Less straightforward, her abstract work starts with a pouring of a single color of archival ink, sealed with acrylic to isolate it from the next pouring of ink and materials. The isolate keeps each color clear and totally transparent, creating complex depth and nearly 3-D visual texture where actual physical texture may not be present at all. Most likely, orange isn’t really orange, for example, but a complex layering of yellows and reds. It’s not unusual for a painting to require 40 to 60 layers before adding final images in finely tinted acrylic glazes, airbrush, found objects and more. Each work is virtually one of a kind and totally imaginative.

“Putting the ink down is a costly, time consuming and painstaking process. Each pour and seal risks the whole piece because it’s permanent, I can’t go back. I get to know the nature of each piece so well that it gives me clues as to how to integrate its totally unique, never-to-be-repeated character into the final painted image.“