My name is Terryl Mclorn. I am a figurative/portrait artist and based in Baltimore, MD. I am a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Maryland Institute College of Art. I’ve had a lifelong passion for art ever since I can remember. Whether it was drawing in the pews during morning service at church with my cousins or drawing my favorite characters from cartoons/anime that I watched on television. After several years of long standing studio practice, consisting of drawing, painting and mixed media through my years of education, I found a love of portraiture and figurative drawing.
I primarily work with dry mediums, mainly colored pastels, graphite pencil, charcoal etc. but also other mediums when I see fit. Imaginative realism is a good way I’d characterize my work as I love to incorporate symbolism and other elements to help compliment the figures and portraits. I try to portray different aspects of black culture, reflect on it as a way to view my own self identity as a black American male.
The piece entitled Appreciated included in Small Works 2021, came about during the time of Covid and is a part of a larger series of work called the ‘Water’ series. In which all the pieces depict either a figure or portrait interacting with water as well as other elements. Water representing the purity in the imagery I depicted. During this time of isolation I was able to take a step back and look at things I may have overlooked before then. This piece specifically showcases my appreciation for the black women that have been placed in my life as well as black women in general. Seeing as though the pandemic coincided with my final year of college and my first step into the art world per say, it definitely has allowed me to grow as both an artist and a person.
Small Works 2021 includes 215 works of art by 136 artists from 28 state and runs through Thursday, December 23, 2021.