Excerpted from Art Journey America: Landscapes.
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Teruko T. Wilde moved to the United States as a teenager. She first established herself as a pastel and watercolor artist before moving to Taos, New Mexico, in 1986. Inspired by the magnificence of the landscape, she began her “Southwest Series” in oils, painting expansive Southwestern skies, approaching storms, and moody sunsets.
What inspired this painting?
The inspiration came from a visit to the Seattle, Washington, area. The large number of trees, the fresh vegetation and humid climate reminded me of Japan. After having concentrated on painting the American Southwest landscape for many years, the Northwest landscape proved to be quite an exciting, inspiring experience for me. I’ve painted my “Tree Series” now for several years, developing a controlled drip technique to indicate the trees rather than using brushwork.
How would you describe your painting style?
My painting style does not quite fit into any one category. It’s a combination of realism, abstraction, and impressionism. I simply call it “contemporary landscape.” Like myself, it does not “belong” in any particular place or thing.
Featured in January 2012.