Rydal painter highlighted in International Artist magazine
by Marie Nesmith
Oct 28, 2011 | 3332 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rydal artist Teresa Ramsey is featured in International Artist magazine. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Rydal artist Teresa Ramsey is featured in International Artist magazine. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Currently featured in International Artist magazine, Teresa Ramsey is delighted to share her knowledge with fellow painters. Titled "Painting larger than life -- still life and florals," the eight-page article is in the publication's October/November issue. The Rydal resident was contacted by the magazine's president to be highlighted after she was a finalist in International Artist's still life and florals challenge in 2008.

"I know this magazine is everywhere because I used to buy this magazine in my country," said Ramsey, a native of Colombia who moved to Georgia in 2001. "... I say, 'Come on, I am in the magazine with all of these talented artists?' I say, 'How?'

"For me that is amazing and I don't have an explanation, only that it's God that is doing that through me. ... What I wanted to share [in the article] is my process. I also teach classes here [at my studio] on Tuesdays. I think it's a gift that God gave me and I think that I need to share it with everybody that wants to learn and wants to get better. In some form, I can help them."

In the article, Ramsey discusses her oil painting technique, revealing she draws inspiration from personal photographs of flowers and still lifes of wine bottles. She also lists various steps that she follows to complete a floral piece, the first five are titled "reference photo," "drawing the composition," "applying a monochrome underpaint," "starting with the background" and "painting the outside petals." Afterward, she focuses on adding contrast to her work, emphasizing shadows, highlights and the folds of the petals.

Explaining her seventh stage -- "harmony of the rose" -- she stated in the article, "I like contrast in my paintings; I allowed drying time between layers so that I can [easily] make extra touches to lights and darks and look for color harmony. I go over each painting at least three to four times with a small amount of oil paint."

A computer engineer when she lived in Colombia, Ramsey has traded in a busy lifestyle for a more peaceful existence in Rydal, where she resides with her husband, Bill, and their 8-year-old son, Matthew. Her less hectic schedule also has given her the opportunity to explore her painting talents and turn a hobby into a full-time pursuit.

"Not everybody has this opportunity [and I know] that [it] is a blessing. ... I sit down to paint and I forget the time," she said. "I get involved in the painting and time passes so fast.

"My husband always is saying, 'The only thing you have a lot of patience [for is painting]' because I like everything in a hurry all the time and I want everything done yesterday. But painting is completely different. I have time, and if I don't like [it], I paint again until I am satisfied with what I am doing."

To foster her artistic development, Ramsey belongs to the Booth Artists Guild and the North Cobb Arts League. In the past year and a half, she has received several awards, including honorable mention in North Cobb Arts League's Fall Juried Exhibit in 2011 and 2010; and second place in Pearl River County Arts League's 2010 Spring Art Show and Festival.

For more information about Ramsey's art, visit her website at www.terramsey.com.