About the Artist

about the artist

Listen: Wisconsin Public Radio's Lori Skelton interviews Terry Firkins

"Art for the artist lives in the storm of the moment. There is no sound of wind ripping at the mast, no rain bulleting the face, no thought forward or backward of a kinder place on land. Only profound silence and solitude, fixed on sailing. Whatever is left after that is not art. It is but art’s shadow, just as statements about the artist are immaterial reflections signifying nothing. Either the work speaks for itself or it doesn’t. No place or date of origin, educational transcript, no record of any kind can change that."

Terry Firkins

Self Portrait Image

"The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself."

Wallace Stevens

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"

Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him."

Jose Ortega y Gasset

"The soul never thinks without a picture."


"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."

Pablo Picasso

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

Lao Tzu

"There is that lovely laburnum again."

Samuel Beckett, "All That Fall"

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