Grayt Grounds showcases ‘outsider’ art of Terry Rhodes

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Self-taught artist Terry Rhodes with a piece of his dramatic artwork.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

Terry Rhodes is hoping for a post-Christmas miracle.

Like many, the recession hit Rhodes hard. All his life, he had played his guitar and rock 'n roll music while taking house-painting jobs on the side just to get by.

But after the real estate bust, those opportunities were difficult to come by. With no other skills to employ, Rhodes turned to something he had left dormant for many years: creating artwork with his paints. He had dabbled in artistic expression in the 1990s but he put it aside as the housing market boomed.

A mutual friend who is also an artist brought a sample of Rhodes ' work to Eileen West, who is gallery director at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet. West was impressed.

"It's 'outsider' art," said West. "He's self taught and doing as many before him have done, such as the late great Woodie Long, who was also a house painter before picking up a canvas."

West calls Rhodes ' work "dramatic" and "outrageously good."

He paints his seascapes and beach scenes with acrylics.

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