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Twinrocker is very thankful for the loyal customers who have supported our products for so many years.  In an effort to try and give at least a small amount of recognition to those using our products, we are starting the Twinrocker Artist of the Week.  If you would like to be considered for The Twinrocker Artist of the Week please email 3 photos of your work utilizing Twinrocker Products and a small paragraph about you and your work to justin@twinrocker.com 

If selected as the featured artist you will receive 25% off of your next order with Twinrocker.

Mel Bochner, Head Honcho 2011

I first saw Bochner’s work at Southern Graphics 2010, he takes a 1 inch thick sheet of plexiglass, laser engraves words backwards out of it, then fuses it to another sheet of plexiglass leaving letter shaped reservoirs, then fills those with oil paint and presses handmade twinrocker paper into the mold with a massive hydraulic press. -sidenote-of-no-critical-significance: I think it’s gorgeous. 

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Terry Armstrong - Watercolor Artist

Twinrocker: Just tell us a little bit about yourself.

Terry:  I was born and raised in Columbia City, Indiana and later moved to nearby Ft. Wayne, where I graduated from Carroll High School  and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both commercial art and fine art from Indiana/Purdue University, Ft. Wayne. After working in the marketing communications department at an orthopedic company in Warsaw, Indiana for 25 years, I retired to pursue my passion of fine art.  I now focus on painting full time, instructing workshops and teaching a college watercolor class part-time.  Although much of my time is spent painting in my studio, I am also an avid runner and enjoy fishing, hiking and the outdoors.

Twinrocker: How long have you been creating and how did you get started?

Terry:  I have been painting and instructing for about 35 years, but began seriously promoting and selling my paintings about 12 years ago.

Twinrocker:  When did you start using Twinrocker products and why do you continue to use them?

Terry:  Around 1996, a couple of major art magazines were covering watercolor painting techniques and mentioned Twinrocker as having unique properties as compared to other papers.  I was very impressed with results and have been almost exclusively using Twinrocker since.

Twinrocker:  What is your most proud accomplishment as an artist?

Terry:  I suppose my proudest moments are when a  buyer falls in love with or identifies emotionally with a painting.  Also, being able to do something that I genuinely love for a living is equally gratifying.

Twinrocker:  Where does your inspiration come from?

Terry:  I have always had a need to be creative and a strong desire to capture the excitement and beauty of nature.  I also have a strong connection with the inspiring images found here in Indiana.

Twinrocker:  Who are your influences?

Terry:  I am most influenced by American artists: Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargeant, Andrew Wyeth and a host of illustrators.

Twinrocker:  What advice would you give you a young artist who is just starting out?

Terry:  It is always a good idea to start out working in a related field of art with a consistent income, insurance and savings for future. Advertising, illustration, teaching, gallery operations, etc. all can allow for stability while honing your creative skills, better preparing for the transition to selling your art.

Learn more about Terry at http://www.terryarmstrong.net

Sol LeWitt, W, 1995, relief print on hand dyed, handmade Twinrocker paper, 9 x 12 ½ inches (22.9 x 31.8 cm). Special edition published by Two Palms, New York. © 2013 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Photo: Ellen McDermott.

A selection of lovely watercolor papers from Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Brookston, Indiana. From right to left, top to bottom: White Watercolor, Pale Dusty Rose, Turner Blue, Simon’s Green, Patriot, and another sheet of White Watercolor. I purchased the white and Patriot sheets locally at Daniel Smith; the three other colors came directly from Twinrocker. The Twinrocker-sourced papers have the “rough” finish.

Colored watercolor papers are somewhat unusual, but a few handmade paper mills still make them. I was inspired to try them after reading The Book of Fine Paper by Silvie Turner– a book worth having if you can find a copy (though, sadly, a number of the mills listed in it appear to have closed since the book was published in 1998).

The Twinrocker Turner Blue paper is similar to a paper made by Ruscombe Paper Mill in the U.K., and that paper is a reproduction of a historic paper used by J.M.W. Turner. Twinrocker’s Simon’s Green paper is named in honor of the former owner of the defunct Hayle Paper Mill, Simon Green. I linked to a 1976 interview with Mr. Green in an earlier post.