A self-taught mosaicist, Terry has been creating mosaic art since 2000. His work is recognized both nationally and internationally.
Terry resides in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with his spouse Connie.
The images below are mosaics created by Terry Nicholls and the copyright belongs to him. Please do not copy the images.
Terry's website:http://terramosaic.com/nicholls and contact information.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a Zen Buddhist monastic living at a training monastery in the Catskills of New York. I've lived here for almost 10 years with my partner, who is also a monastic. I currently serve as the Monastery's outreach and communications coordinator, and oversee the programs and websites at the Monastery.
Part of our formal spiritual training includes art practice. Our founding abbot was a photographer, and the creative process was his entry point into spiritual practice. Twice a year, we receive art practice assignments around a certain theme or teaching, and the community presents their work at the end of the 3-month training period. As such, I've been doing art practice for decade. It's only recently, however, that I've felt such a strong connection to it, and for some reason I can't explain, the medium of mosaics has chosen me!
I see my mosaic work as a natural extension of my religious practice of studying my mind, learning how to learn, and giving.
Where you live, with whom do you live? Where is your studio?
I live at a Buddhist monastery in the Catskills with 8 other monastics and a community of short- and long-term residents. At any given time, we number between 20 and 40 people living here, follow
ing a monastic schedule and doing a week-long silent meditation retreat every month. My studio space is in a pottery studio on the property that one of the teachers set up to do her ceramic work (she was a working ceramic artist before coming to the Monastery and becoming a monk) and to lead programs on working with clay and raku firing.
What kind of mosaics do you create (figural, abstract, etc....)?
For the last 6 months or so, I was making paper mosaics using vintage wallpaper scraps and foil paper from a sample book from the 1960's--both of these materials were gifts from members of our community. I've literally made the transition to tesserae in the last couple days! My paper mosaics were a lot about working with color progression, and were very controlled. My new mosaics are abstract. I look forward to finding out what kind of work I'm going to create...
What materials do you use?
A member of our community is making me a hardie! So soon, I will be able to learn to work in stone and marble. In the meantime, I'm using foraged gravel and stone as well as smalti.
What inspires you?
The mountain I live on. It's called Tremper Mountain, but the Buddhist name it was given is "Tenkozan," which means Heavenly Light Mountain, and it is. I'm also completely inspired by other mosaic artists, particularly those doing abstract work who work in smalti and marble. I am completely inspired by and obsessed with andamento in others' work, and hope to develop that in my work over time. I'm also inspired by artists working in other media, especially learning about their process.
Nice to meet you Shea - welcome to CMA.
United States and International Courses 2016
Workshops Scheduled for 2018