Painter Teresa Haag shares her portfolio, inspired by streets and urban memories. Enjoy her work and see more by visiting her website.
I tell stories through cityscapes. Old buildings and streets have so much to say and I try to share that through my work.
I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go in as an artist. It seemed as though I was painting every subject in every style. I hadn’t found my voice. The most frustrating critical component of being an artist is the pursuit of one’s own style.
In 2009, I took a business trip to San Francisco and after exploring the busy city streets one evening, I found myself hooked. I dug out the camera and sketchbook from the bottom of my bag and snapped several photos and jotted down some ideas. I could not wait to get back home.
Once home, I was ready to get going on the piece that I had just planned on the plane. There were several used canvases from a class that I had taken the year before just lying around my studio. No new ones.
I hastily grabbed an old still life of a vase painted in acrylic and decided to wallpaper it with torn up newspaper and clear gesso that I had previously purchased on a whim. This would give me a fresh surface to work with.
I was instantly drawn to the texture of the clear gesso (it is quite gritty) and energy of the words from the newspaper below. It felt like I was creating something meaningful out of a canvas full of chaos. This eliminated that “blank white canvas” feeling, which in turn, increased my confidence. “Powell Street” took shape, and it became the first in this series that I have been exploring for the past 4 years.
I am currently creating a body of work for an upcoming solo show this April 2013. The theme, Life on the Road, reflects the years that I spent traveling as a sales rep.
The pieces range from big city skylines, winding roads, and old mills and power plants that no longer stand today. I reduce the human presence purposely to allow for the streets and buildings to be heard. I try and think of my cityscapes as a portrait artist would think of their subject.
I welcome the little imperfections that I find only when painting or sketching a subject. A broken fence, crooked fire escape, or crumbling brick from a wall all remind me of lines and wrinkles in a face that has really lived.
After my solo show, I’ll be spending the summer at outdoor art exhibitions. Additionally, I am learning more about gallery representation and trying to decide if it would be a good fit for me.
Ultimately, I want to paint full time. Once my children start school, and I take that next step in my career, it will be as a full time artist.