"After having decided on size, colors & composition, it becomes a game with decisions vs reaction, intellect vs emotions, control vs chance. The players in the production are the paint, the application and me. There is no model. There is only a history of images that have come before."
Summers down by the Speed River, playing hide and seek in the neighbourhood or baseball down at the park, venturing out of the comfort zone with friends on their bicycles, or just staying in with a pencil and paper drawing. This was growing up in small-town Southern Ontario in the 1950s.
Terry Golletz’s journey as an artist started with those early animal drawings, working through "Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy" (Arthur Brown & Bro., INC, NY 1950), playing with the geometry of art, and from his scenery oil painting lessons with Auntie Vicky. Drawing remained a pastime activity and exploration through his teens. That lead to taking a life drawing course at a local college in his early 20s.
Two years at university studying Psychology and Eastern Religious Philosophy and trying out a few unsatisfactory career options led to the decision to see what might be offered by a career in the arts. Four years of Art College and two more semesters of University netted him an Associate of the Ontario College of Art, A.O.C.A. and his Bachelor of Arts, B.A. with a Fine Arts Major from The University of Guelph.
It was during Golletz’s time at OCA that he fell in love with the concept of Organic Form. As part of one course, he was sent to The Royal Ontario Museum to draw something. He ended up in the Mineralogy Department. After reproducing images of 3 or 4 of the rock formations with his pastels, he was hooked.
For the next five years, Terry worked at his art career. Although there was some success with sales and gallery rep, Terry took employment with the local Museum as Designer/Preparator. As part of a team of talented museum workers, he constructed a number of their permanent exhibits, set up temporary shows & worked on their promotional material.
After two years at the museum, Terry took advantage of the opportunity to teach High School, teaching Communications Technology and Fine Arts. After twelve years of teaching, Terry retired to resume his art full time.
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