Member-Artist of the Month: Terry Cummings

Meet Terry Cummings, local artist + ACP Member
How did you become an artist?

I’m not sure exactly when I officially considered myself an artist. I guess I’ve always been one, even before I knew what an artist was! As a child, I was always  drawing pictures. My mother and teachers always encouraged me, and I never stopped.

As I grew older, I started to realize that art was something I was really good at. I took classes at the Art Students League in NYC and went on to attend the HS of Music and Art, today it is called the HS of Performing Arts. From there I attended Parsons School of Design and before I knew it, I was creating and selling my work to collectors and licensing works to publishers and corporations. 

But I think what really solidified my identity as an artist was when I started traveling and meeting other creatives. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world and have met so many talented artists who have become mentors and friends. So, I guess you could say I’ve always been an artist!  And I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to do what I love and share it with others. 

What inspires you to make art?

Making something from nothing is powerful and therapeutic. You can create your own world. Each piece that I do is like I am introducing my children to the world.  

The truth inspires me. Most of my work tries to tackle complex social issues through visual solutions. I’m driven by the desire to raise awareness, spark conversations, and promote understanding of the challenges we face as a society.

I’m particularly drawn to exploring themes such as inequality, injustice, and the human condition. I believe that art has the power to transcend boundaries and speak to people on a deep, emotional level. By using a variety of mediums and techniques, I aim to create pieces that are not only visually striking but also thought-provoking and engaging.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Carravaggio, Frazetta, Bearden, Matisse, Rodin, African, Greek and etruscan pottery.

Where can people find you?