“The creative process will always amaze me. It is an elusive thing that happens, and is precious. I have been inspired by many artists. I love the beautiful gradations of color in Odilon Redon, Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings and the colorful patterns of Henri Matisse. These artists have affected my painting style. The strongest influences on my assembled works are Pablo Picasso, Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. Their wood and mixed media assemblage artworks have inspired me to create more 3-dimensional and mixed media works. These artists were creative and productive their whole lives. Their lives and their works encourage me to keep making art.”
In 2004, on a trip to Paris, Muse went to the Picasso Museum and enjoyed seeing many of his constructed assemblages. This sparked a new interest for her and she began collecting wood pieces. Many of the pieces came from the floor of her husband’s wood shop. She also collected branches and other items from her walks and travels. Muse expanded her art work to include wood assemblages. No matter what the media, Muse focuses on color and texture. She loves intense colors and interesting textures.
Muse continues to explore a variety of media to engage her quest for creating. She works from her studio in Argyle, Texas– a beautiful, wooded, rural community near Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Teri Muse always knew she had a love for art. As a young girl, she was allowed to have art lessons with a local artist and it confirmed in her a lifelong passion for art. She received a BFA, majoring in art, in 1978 from the University of North Texas. In 1982, she completed her MFA with concentrations in paper-making and ceramics from Texas Woman’s University.