"Originally, my art was meant as a political motivator. I was interested in expressing my views, especially those on the environment and utilized my art as a means of doing so. I was unconcerned with the 'art' in my art, but rather concentrated on relaying an 'other meaning' that would register with the viewer as a statement of my concerns.
"By the early 1990s, though, and politics aside, I re-thought my commitment to what had become my main concern: the environment, most specifically the area where I lived, the Central Coast of California. I realized how enchanted I was with the beauty of this place, the exquisite patterns and colors formed by nature and man as they vied for space in the agricultural lands between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
"I did away with the subliminal messages and devices of my earlier work and concentrated on work that could, to some degree, match the Loveliness of my inspiration. It was, and is, telling the old story in the old way, relying on painterly achievement to best convey my concern for the land and what is on it.
"Although I am primarily a landscape painter, my work is not Plein-aire, my finished paintings are easel work, stylistically Neo-Tonalist. I work within a confine of classic composition and limited palette using the medium (acrylic), in the manner of oil paint; glazing, scumbling, building textures all in a traditional way, hopefully expanding those disciplines to further artistic growth. My work is easily accessible, perhaps even simplistic. It gives beauty a chance." -Terry DeLapp