You may have heard of Teresa Haygood recently as the artist selected to represent Mississippi in the National Christmas Tree Lighting display. She used her talents as a mosaic artist to create a series of ornaments highlighting the history and culture of our state, and these are to be displayed on one of 56 trees included in this annual holiday display.
We here at PORTICO remember Teresa (or "T", as her friends call her) as one of our former "Rising Artists," and we couldn't be prouder of her achievements! Read her Q+A from our October 2011 issue below.
How do you describe your style?
My work has been described as nearly realistic with a fanciful colorful twist. I try not to take things too seriously or put undue expectations on myself. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m making. I just start with step one and go from there.
Where do you feel most creative or where is your favorite place of inspiration?
I feel inspired when I walk into a gallery and see work by other artists, their energy in every piece. Also, I’m inspired in nature, taking in the colors, shapes and sounds.
If you could purchase one work of art, what would you select?
I would purchase something made by someone who walked this earth long before I did. I’ve always been fascinated by Native American and ancient African art.
Did you have a mentor or teacher that strongly inspired your creative spirit?
My parents were my inspiration, they always encouraged me to express myself; mother being a watercolor artist and father having a talent for engineering. I think that’s where I got my love of color and desire to build wrapped up in one.
What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
I love the mosaic floor in the foyer of my home. It’s made with all recycled parts and tile donations from friends. It welcomes my guests and figuratively says, “Come on in. This girl is a bit nuts, but you’re gonna have fun in here!”