Terry works in graphic design and photography by day, and hand paints signs by night. We think that makes him a hand painting superhero, and craftsman we're proud to have join the ranks of Allen Booth. He takes new pine, colors it out, applies a pattern if there is one, then hand paints the letters and images. The market is flooded with screen printed signs, but the simple fact is screen printing is not as cool. Hand painting makes a sign more personal and unique, turning a simple sign into a family treasure.
"My older brother started racing cars back in the '80s, drag racing in the super pro class. I was lettering his cars, putting the numbers and sponsors names on. When people found out, they asked me if I could do signs. I said 'sure'. I found techniques in trade magazines, and researched on my own until I learned how to make signs that could last."
"I was determined as a child not to be an artist, even though teachers and everyone said I should be. I went to college for Animal Science, and after a while working in it I found I didn't particularly enjoy it. So I got another degree at a community college, in Commercial Art. I worked painting commercial signs, hand-lettering them, until vinyl graphics took over."
"Painting the pictorial part." That's it, that's all Terry had to say on the subject. While we probed further at first, we soon came to appreciate the specificity and certainty in knowing what he liked to do. And it goes hand-in-hand with his answer to the next question, truly how to find happiness in the activity you are focused on day-to-day.
"If you enjoy doing it, go with your heart. Can't do something that you're not happy with. Got to enjoy what you're doing in life."