For a time in my early art developing years in Indy, I had the great fortune to meet Terry Steadham and George Sears: two of the kindest souls I've ever met. We three ran together, drew together, laughed together, complained and at times cried together. I marveled at George's cartoons but Terry was my art mentor. I used to always ask Terry why he put squiggles in his illustrations or paintings and he would always say "because they belong there". It took me a long time to understand what he meant. Now when asked the same question about my art...well you know how I answer.
Among many things, Terry taught me to have a reverence for my artwork. Anyone who saw Terry handling his art knows what I'm talking about. To Terry, his art was not just something on a scrap of paper, illustration board or canvas but something precious on a scrap of paper, illustration board or canvas. Like him, his art was precious and it's no wonder he got called up to the Bigs - New York, early on. They saw in him what we all saw.
A lot of what Terry taught me about valuing my art, I now pass on to my students here in Canada and I thank him for that. I will only miss seeing him but I will not miss Terry because he is a big part of me.
With love and respect,