Therese Payne Ferguson
Therese Payne Ferguson is originally from Charleston, West Virginia, but her parents moved to Melbourne when she was three. Except for a few years after marrying Larry Ferguson, she has always called Melbourne-Eau Gallie home. She graduated from Eau Gallie High as did her husband and two sons, Brian and David. Therese attended Brevard Community College where she learned a great deal about design and perfected her drawing skills as well as studying oils and acrylics. Watercolors came along many years later after attending a demonstration and falling in love with this transparent medium. It took a lot of trial and error, reading a lot of books and attending demonstrations whenever possible to learn the techniques she has developed as her style today.
She paints subjects ranging from a charming front porch, flowers full of life, and wildlife, to bold and colorful still lifes. While some of her subjects are “found” and others evolve in the studio, they all benefit from her creative eye to some degree. She often adds more color, simplifies the images, or focuses in on a particular area to bring the subjects to life. Watercolors for me, however, is an act of love and exploration. I find so much joy in nature around me and in creating my art work I hope that my work conveys this to the viewer.
Despite the variety of subjects present in her work, there is a similarity in its strength of composition and her attention to detail and color. Even the photographs that she takes for reference display her ability to focus in on just the right subjects while looking for color and values. Therese has become an accomplished photographer because of this desire to find exciting reference material.
Gourds came into her life 15 years ago after visiting a gourd farm in Georgia, Therese began painting the gourds as decorative bird houses with charming roofs, windows and added little touches. This led to learning to cut the gourds into bowls with shapes around the top including shells, magnolias, and decorative designs. Through the years, she advanced learning many techniques such as basket weaving, wood burning and carving to create many unique one of a kind gourds. Therese has served as the program director for the Brevard Gourd Patch for the past 5 years and in charge of judging at the state show for the past 3 years.
She has exhibited in the south and has won numerous awards both for her watercolors and her gourds. Her work is part of private and corporate collections throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada and Hong Kong. Therese is an active member of the Brevard Watercolor Society, a past president and the show Chairperson for 10 years.
She has been working in graphic arts and design for over 30 years, including designing candles in her own candle business, crafting and teaching decorative painting on gourds, and as a watercolor instructor, teaching classes as well as workshops in painting and composition. Therese’s watercolors and gourds can be seen at the Art and Antique Studio located at 1429 Highland Ave., Melbourne in the historic Arts District in downtown Eau Gallie.
Therese offers classes at the Courtyard Studio.
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