“I have found a great comfort not fitting in. Even growing up, I was always outside looking in... It’s much safer and friendlier out here in the wilderness.”
Terri Lloyd is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant that has called Los Angeles home since 1980.
Under the influence of a Sixties latch-key-kid youth, the circumstances of a working class life did not provide the conventional means to an art education or experience.
“It has been challenging, but I refuse to let the institutions get in the way of my education. Knowledge is now available at our fingertips. There is no excuse for ignorance. Ignorance has become a choice.”
Introduced to the Apple Macintosh in 1987 a love affair with digital art was born. Terri has never viewed computer generated imagery as a movement. The computer and software are tools. How the operator chooses to use them remains as individual as any other artist working in any other medium.
“I compare the work I create to advertising. It’s about formulating the right message first, and not becoming a sporting event half-time fiasco that baffles the viewer with high tech circus tricks.”
Terri’s approach is something that she terms a “whole-istic Zen,” which emulsifies decades of commercial and graphic arts expertise into pointed, often controversial visuals. Seasoning her images with pun and insinuation, all the while thumbing her nose at conventional wisdom and other popular absurdities.
She currently resides in Northeast Los Angeles with her husband, five cats and one boisterous macaw.
About my artwork
I knew how to draw and paint long before I was introduced to the computer. I do rely on these skills, and the blatant disregard for them, with my work. I hate having to defend "digital" but there still seems to be a prejudice about it. Especially the work I do. It's almost as if I'm doing something wrong by not fitting in with others who work with similar tools. Am I a designer? Am I a graphic artist? Or a fine artist? Or none of the above? It doesn't matter to me. I have things to say, so I say them, my way.
Artists I like
It's a big list.
Politics, social commentary, the environment, art.